Teacher in America

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Liberty Press, Jan 1, 1981 - Education - 464 pages
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The old plan and purpose of teaching the young what they truly need to know survives only in the private sector.

—Jacques Barzun

With his customary wit and grace, Dr. Barzun contrasts the ritual of education with the lost art of teaching. Twenty-one chapters deal with three major issues: the practice of teaching, the subject matter to be taught, and the institutional and cultural aspects of teaching.

Jacques Barzun is a renowned scholar, teacher, and author who lectures widely since his retirement in 1993.

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User Review  - Justin - Goodreads

Brilliant prose, great insights, yet somewhat dated. Read full review

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Seminal work on the proper role of a teacher (university level, but applicable), issues faced, etc. Read full review

Contents

Teacher
3
Pupils into Students
17
Two Minds One Thought
41
Copyright

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About the author (1981)

Jacques Barzun was born in Créteil, France on November 30, 1907. He came to the United States in 1920 and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1927. Following graduation, he joined Columbia's faculty as an instructor while continuing his studies in graduate school there, receiving a master's degree in 1928 and a doctorate in French history in 1932. He became a full professor in 1945, was dean of graduate faculties from 1955 to 1958, and dean of faculties from 1958 to 1967. He retired from Columbia University in 1975. He was a historian and cultural critic. The core of his work was the importance of studying history to understand the present and a fundamental respect for intellect. Although he wrote on subjects as diverse as detective fiction and baseball, he was especially known for his many books on music, nineteenth-century romanticism and education. His works include Darwin, Marx and Wagner: Critique of a Heritage; Romanticism and the Modern Ego; The House of Intellect; Race: A Study in Superstition; Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers; A Stroll with William James; The Culture We Deserve; and From Dawn to Decadence. He died on October 25, 2012 at the age of 104.

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