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Book Title: End Of Education, The: Redefining the Value of School|
The author of the book: Neil Postman
Date of issue: September 26th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780679430063
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 916 KB
Read full description of the books End Of Education, The: Redefining the Value of School:No book so clearly and regretfully demonstrates the problem with American education: the lack of the grand narrative. As Postman effortlessly lays out, schools have generally considered the how of education but lack the why, believing it to either be irrelevant or obvious. Now, Postman notes, a group of "false gods" now drive the philosophy of education - can things ever be changed?
Yes, Postman answers, there are Gods that serve - grand narratives including the American Dream and a few other generally altruistic systems of belief that encourage education as an activity of both individual and communal benefit. Imagine a classroom with no textbooks, only direct communication. A classroom where service holds an equal place to lecture. A classroom where national pride and a respectful celebration of the many cultures of America are held side-by-side. Imagine a classroom that works. Take that, No Child Left Behind.
Read information about the authorNeil Postman, an important American educator, media theorist and cultural critic was probably best known for his popular 1985 book, Amusing Ourselves to Death. For more than four decades he was associated with New York University, where he created and led the Media Ecology program.
He is the author of more than thirty significant books on education, media criticism, and cultural change including Teaching as a Subversive Activity, The Disappearance of Childhood, Technopoly, and Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Century.
Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), a historical narrative which warns of a decline in the ability of our mass communications media to share serious ideas. Since television images replace the written word, Postman argues that television confounds serious issues by demeaning and undermining political discourse and by turning real, complex issues into superficial images, less about ideas and thoughts and more about entertainment. He also argues that television is not an effective way of providing education, as it provides only top-down information transfer, rather than the interaction that he believes is necessary to maximize learning. He refers to the relationship between information and human response as the Information-action ratio.
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