Tsunesaburo Makiguchi
Value-Creating Education

Rather than provide knowledge itself, we must encourage the joy and excitement that arise from learning.

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Selected Writings on Education by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi Released in Simplified Chinese

People’s Education Press, the largest educational publisher in China, has released Selected Writings on Education by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi containing excerpts from The System of Value-Creating Pedagogy and The Geography of Human Life written by educator and Soka Gakkai first president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi.

The book is one of the Chinese Edition World Educational Masterpiece Series, featuring writings of those who have influenced the development of education throughout the world. This series has been designated as a key national publishing project in China’s 11th Five-Year Plan and is the sequel to the Foreign Educational Masterpiece Series from the same publisher. Both series are anthologies of writings and educational theories ranging from the Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, American philosopher and educator John Dewey, to Swiss educator Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, as well as others.

Founded in 1950, the People’s Education Press is the authorized publisher for China’s Ministry of Education and produced all educational textbooks until 1986, when a compulsory education system was enacted. The company still publishes 70% of textbooks in China as well as other educational materials, thus playing a major role in the promotion of education in China.

Selected Writings on Education by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi was translated into simplified Chinese and edited by Professor Zhou Hong Yu of Central China Normal University and Cai Xing Fu. Zhou serves as vice director of the Daisaku Ikeda Research Center established at the university in 2005. Cai has studied under Zhou and engaged in research on value-creating education for many years. These two editors/translators remark in the book’s introduction as follows: “Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s educational thought and practices, which have increasingly become a center of focus in academic circles, have already become part of the vitally treasured assets among the world’s educational heritages.”

[Adapted from an article in the April 22, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]