The Japanese educator, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944) starts his value-creating pedagogy with the following thought, which might be a good quote with which to start my first blog post.

Creation of value is part and parcel of what it means to be a human being. Human beings do not have the ability to create material; but they can create value, and it is in the creation of value that the unique meaning of human life lies. (Bethel 1973: 49)

For several years I have been writing on the topic of Soka or Value-creating education in publications that are largely catered to an academic audience. I hope that pushing myself into the unfamiliar territory of blogging will turn out to be a positive experience to engage in conversations with a wider audience on topics discussed in my recent book, Value-Creating Global Citizenship Education (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).


Bethel, D. M. (1973). Makiguchi the value creator: Revolutionary Japanese educator
and founder of Soka Gakkai. Tokyo: Weatherhill.