The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School by Neil PostmanPostman suggests that the current crisis in our educational system derives from its failure to supply students with a translucent, unifying narrative like those that inspired earlier generations. Instead, todays schools promote the false gods of economic utility, consumerism, or ethnic separatism and resentment. What alternative strategies can we use to instill our children with a sense of global citizenship, healthy intellectual skepticism, respect of Americas traditions, and appreciation of its diversity? In answering this question, The End of Education restores meaning and common sense to the arena in which they are most urgently needed.
Informal and clear...Postmans ideas about education are appealingly fresh.--New York Times Book Review
The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School
In The End of Education , Neil Postman returns to a question he has explored on and off since he began his career as an elementary school teacher: education. It's a topic that has dominated the cultural debate in America, with varying degrees of intensity, for the better part of the twentieth century. You would think that everything that could be said on the subject would have been said well enough by now. But no. Every year a new spate of books appears tackling the same old themes: diversity in the classroom, the pros and cons of various teaching methods, declining standards, core curricula, violence in our schools, etc. But Postman sidesteps these issues and takes a broader view. The "school problem" has two dimensions, as he sees it.
Look Inside., Vintage Books, ; pgs. Neil Postman is an acclaimed educator, author, and critic, most famous for his critically acclaimed, Amusing Ourselves to Death
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The use of the word "end" in the title has two meanings: primarily, as a synonym for "purpose", but also as a prediction about the future of public schools if they do not successfully identify and communicate a convincing purpose for their existence within our culture. Postman begins by emphasizing the difference between education and schooling :. What is relentless is our education, which, for good or ill, gives us no rest. That is why poverty is a great educator. Having no boundaries and refusing to be ignored, it mostly teaches hopelessness.