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Moral outrage in education
Purpel, David E.
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New York : P. Lang, [1999]

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viii, 257 pages ; 24 cm.
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LC192 .P87 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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David E. Purpel is one of the most important theorists writing about education today. In this new collection of works, we are given intimate views of his perspectives on topics ranging from social justice and education to service learning. However, Purpel does far more than analyze issues. Beneath the polished surface of his writing lies a powerful, moral voice that engages readers and challenges them to question their basic assumptions about modern education and our society. His writing evokes a disturbingly emotional, as well as intellectual, response. To read these essays is to be brought into the same world of Kozol and Freire, but through a different door.

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The Author: David E. Purpel is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He is author of The Moral and Spiritual Crisis in Education and (with Svi Shapiro) Beyond Excellence and Liberation .

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Purpel (Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro) states that one of his goals is "to frame education as primarily a moral, cultural and social endeavor and to convince others to do likewise." In four essays he comments broadly on holistic, spiritual, and character education, including higher education and K-12 reform policy (Goals 2000). While not offering guidance for resolving individual moral dilemmas, such as those involving inclusion and students with AIDS in the classroom, Purpel aims to "awaken the reader to the immediate and pressing moral dimensions of human existence," as Jeffrey Kane states in the afterword. Students and scholars of Purpel may find further useful information in his autobiographical essay, "On Being a Jew and a Boston Braves Fan," which surveys his long-term involvement with moral education (Moral Education ... It Comes with the Territory, ed. by David E. Purpel and Kevin Ryan, 1976). An index would have assisted the reader in accessing the academics and specific Jewish scholars and theologians (especially Abraham Joshua Heschel) Purpel frequently cites. Appropriate for all readership levels. P. M. Socoski; University of Florida

Table of Contents

Preface a Mifgash
Preface a Mifgash
Introductionp. 1
Social Justice and Education: the Odd Couplep. 11
Social Responsibility and Educational Scholarsp. 27
Eyewitness to Higher Education: Confession and Indictmentp. 39
Goals 2000, the Triumph of Vulgarity, and the Legitimation of Social Injusticep. 57
The Vocation of Teachingp. 71
The Politics of Character Educationp. 83
Service Learning: a Critique and Affirmationp. 99
Holistic Education in a Prophetic Voicep. 109
Social Transformation and Holistic Education: Limitations and Possibilitiesp. 133
Social Justice, Curriculum, and Spiritualityp. 153
Education as Sacramentp. 173
Moral Outrage and Educationp. 187
A Pedagogy of Faith in an Era of Triumphalismp. 209
Part 4 An Autobiographical Essayp. 227
On Being a Jew and a Boston Braves Fan: Alone and Afraid in a World I Never Madep. 229
Afterwordp. 253