This is a crossposting from my blog:
I am moving ahead under full steam with the publication of Lost Apple as an e-book. I suppose there is nothing special in this fact, at this point everyone is doing the same thing. Writers today are in the midst of a sea change in publishing, the likes of which have not been seen since Gutenberg's press swept across Europe. Moreover we are awash in books with the demise of the gatekeepers--that is agents, editors, and the narrow demands of the traditional publishing market.
Under these dynamic conditions a natural question arises: why should anyone read my book more than any other? And, more specifically, why should teachers be attracted to a book that does not help them with their lesson plan on Monday morning, nor gratify their alternating desires for axe-grinding and social validation? Simply put: because it will change their thinking, and, quite possibly, their whole motivation for teaching.
Without elaborating for the moment (since I am writing this on a bus), Lost Apple, and the sequels that will follow are being written with one intention: to share the philosophy of Soka Education with the general public, to make it widely known, and to fundamentally alter America's discourse on the purpose and aims of education.
Moreover, I am pursuing this course with my writing in response to the determination of my mentor in life, Daisaku Ikeda, whose mission it is to establish a lasting and unshakable peace in the world through culture and education. I will share more on all of this later. For now, my train is arriving.
Causes Iain Coggins Supports
Education as a human right, rather than as a privilege or an opportunity.