Earl S. Johnson has dedicated his life to enriching the lives of his students, to enhancing global humanism, to perfecting democracy as both government and way of life, and to improving civic education. As a person and an educator he has promoted the moral life in the moral community. This collection of Professor Johnson's work–reflections on humanism, democracy, and general and social science education–offers insights that will be valuable not only to educators but also to anyone concerned with the qualities of citizenship in a free society.
Recollections -- Introduction -- Reflections on Humanism -- The Faith of a Humanist -- Humanism: Its Claim on Contemporary Man -- A Plea for Individuality -- What Should a Man Know? -- Poetry or Plumbing: Can't We Have Both? A Perspective on Vocational Education -- Need Science and Religion Be at Odds? -- The Issue of Absolute and Relative Values -- The Essence of Democracy -- The Democratic Tradition -- The Crisis in Culture -- The Democratic Character -- General Education and the Curriculum -- Some Reflections on General Education -- Science, Society, and the Curriculum -- Ways of Knowing -- Framework and Philosophy for an Integrated Curriculum -- A Quality Education: Its Human Dimensions -- The Social Sciences and Social Studies Education -- A Theory of General Education in the Social Sciences -- The Concept of Structure in the Social Sciences -- How to Live in Two Worlds Without Confusing Them or Ourselves -- Reflections on Teaching the Social Studies -- Social Class as Fact and Perspective in the Social Studies -- Some Thoughts on the Relations Between the Humanities and the Social Studies