On the Lives and Education of Children
Edited By Paul L. Thomas, Paul R. Carr, Julie A. Gorlewski and Brad J. Porfilio
Chapter Five: Renewing the Confucian Tradition: Kindness and Respect in Children’s Everyday Schooling
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Renewing THE Confucian Tradition
Kindness and Respect in Children’s Everyday Schooling1
JIACHENG LI AND MEI NI
A CASE FROM CHINA
Confucian education has rich thinking and practice about the pedagogy of kindness and respect, but was interrupted a century ago mainly because of war and societal reform. With the quick development of the Chinese economy and deep reform of Chinese education, renewing the valuable tradition, developing the new pedagogy, and weaving the kindness and respect tradition into students’ everyday school lives are urgent challenges for Chinese educators and scholars in recent decades.
This chapter puts forward the following research questions:
1. What is the tradition of kindness and respect in Confucianism education?
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