And merely teach: irreverent essays on the mythology of education

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Southern Illinois University Press, Mar 1, 1976 - Education - 143 pages

Arthur E. Lean’s irreverent and con­troversial essays represent the distillation of many ideas about education—ideas developed during most of a lifetime spent in and about schools. In the second edition of this popular work, to which he has added eight new essays, he presents his latest observations on current ele­ments and programs in education—such as the grading system, academic rank, the teaching process, assessment of edu­cational progress—concluding that many of them are not only unnecessary but actually harmful to the very process which they are supposed to serve.


Covering a broad spectrum of current issues in its criticism of American edu­cation at all levels, And Merely Teach is a book to be read by veteran educator, beginning teacher, and lay citizen alike. Though critical of the teaching profes­sion, Arthur Lean also offers constructive suggestions in the form of practical solu­tions that are urgently needed to save our ailing educational system.

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Education as Commodity i
Education as Cognition
The Mere Task of Teaching

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About the author (1976)

Arthur E. Lean received his Ph.D. de­gree from the University of Michigan. He is Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he held the posts of Chairman of the Department of Educational Administra­tion and Foundations and Dean of the College of Education.

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