The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 1, 2011 - Education - 224 pages
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In this comprehensive response to the education crisis, the author of Teaching as a Subversive Activity returns to the subject that established his reputation as one of our most insightful social critics. Postman presents useful models with which schools can restore a sense of purpose, tolerance, and a respect for learning.
 

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After 20 books (e.g., Technopoly, LJ 1/92), Postman, social critic par excellence, has returned to his original turf: education. Sharp, witty, and frequently quotable, he demolishes many leading ... Read full review

Contents

Some Gods That Fail
19
Some New Gods That Fail
37
Gods That May Serve
59
The Spaceship Earth
93
The Fallen Angel
114
The American Experiment
129
The Law of Diversity
143
The Word Weavers The World Makers
172
Epilogue
195
Index
202
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Neil Postman was University Professor, Paulette Goddard Chair of Media Ecology, and Chair of the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University. Among his twenty books are studies of childhood (The Disappearance of Childhood), public discourse (Amusing Ourselves to Death), education (Teaching as a Subversive Activity and The End of Education), and the impact of technology (Technopoly). His interest in education was long-standing, beginning with his experience as an elementary and secondary school teacher. He died in 2003.

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