Back to Basics: Fundamental Educational Questions Reexamined

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Wiley, Feb 15, 1995 - Education - 187 pages
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Education reform is pointless if it does not influence what students can learn, what they want to learn, and most important, what they care about. This is a lesson that John Dewey tried to teach us, but one we have either forgotten or willfully neglected.In Back to Basics, Francis Schrag builds on Dewey's fundamental principles and offers a probing and thoughtful exploration of the most basic questions in education today: What is the purpose of schooling and what should our educational aspirations be? What should be taught and how? Who is accountable and what are they accountable for? And how should educators respond to difficult societal issues, such as inequality of resources, or the conflicting demands of school reform?In grappling with each of these questions, Schrag examines our most basic beliefs about education and forces us to think in greater depth about what schools can and should do.

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FRANCIS SCHRAG is professor and chair of the Department of Educational Policy Studies and professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. His articles have appeared in a variety of educational and philosophical journals including American Journal of Education, Educational Theory, Educational Researcher, Philosophy, Inquiry, and Political Theory. He is also the author of the book Thinking in School and Society (1988).

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