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Title:
Why schools fail
Author:
Goldberg, Bruce, 1937-
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : CATO, [1996]

©1996
Physical Description:
xi, 124 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781882577392

9781882577408
Format :
Book

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Central Library LA212 .G64 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Goldberg claims that schools can be dreadful places to spend time: they often mutilate a child's sense of self and suppress individuality.


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Goldberg provides a libertarian (and romantic) critique of K-12 public schools. He argues that students' individuality and uniqueness are not recognized by teachers, who rely on so-called scientific principles of human psychological development, and that unjustified scientific claims are used by educators to enforce their values on students. His defense of the need to recognize individual differences as well as to personalize teaching-learning are appealing, but it lacks an adequate treatment of the complex "progressive" educational project that promoted many of the reforms Goldberg advocates. Moreover, he does not mention current educational theory that could improve his one-dimensional, ahistorical, and politically unsophisticated portrayals. In the end Goldberg can suggest only tax support for private schools and home schooling. His reliance on market models for education indicates a less than adequate realization of the problems that many good public school teachers face. Goldberg's critique does not include any mention of the socioeconomic and political crisis faced by Americans during this latest round of capitalism's "creative disruption." General readers. R. A. Brosio; Ball State University


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