Avi Mintz is interested in the history of educational philosophy, especially in the debates about education in the Socratic dialogues. Thinking about the history of educational philosophy has led him to two projects that reflect on the contemporary state of affairs in education. The first is a book with the working title "The Love and the Labor of Learning: The Positive Side of Negative Experiences in Education," which attempts to revive a tradition in progressive education that considers what kind of educational distress is valuable in learning. Contemporary educational thinking, Mintz argues, tacitly maintains that educational distress is an obstacle to learning, rather than a potential catalyst for it.
The second project revisits the ancient question of the kind of education necessary for citizenship, specifically in relation to the contemporary contribution of faith-based schools to cultivating citizens. Mintz has edited a book on the subject with Graham McDonough (University of Victoria) and Nadeem Memon (Project Director of the Islamic Teacher Education Program at RAZI Education) entitled "Discipline, Devotion and Dissent: Jewish, Catholic, and Islamic education in Canada" (forthcoming, Wilfrid Laurier University Press).
Education and Degrees Earned
- Ph.D., Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2008
- MA, Philosophy, University of Toronto, 2002
- BA, University of Toronto, 2001
- Association for Moral Education
- Philosophy of Education Society