ERIC Number: ED398143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
The Holy Men and Women Narratives: A Tradition for Examination in Democratic Education.
Losito, William F.
This paper establishes a rationale and preliminary model for the examination of the "holy men and women" narratives in contemporary democratic education. The overarching assumption is that education is the primary institution for reclaiming historical narratives and creating new ones about individuals whose lives can serve as deeply satisfying examples for postmodern society. The report asserts that within the diverse strands of both Eastern and Western cultures there are rich traditions that exult heroes and heroines for their achievements as spiritual and moral beings, rather than the rich and famous in business, sports, or entertainment fields. The paper focuses on those spiritually extraordinary individuals who are purported to have existed and whose lives are chronicled in narrative accounts. The common bond they share is the exceptional effort exerted in their lives to attain unity with the Deity and for their lives to manifest the consequences of that union. (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association (Chapel Hill, NC, November 10-13, 1994).