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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
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Reader ratings: 7.1
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Neil Postman came across as a real doomsayer in Amusing Ourselves to Death, but since what he had to say rang so true, I wanted to read more of it. The title of this book seemed just as pessimistic, but it was deceptively so. By “End of Education,” Postman isn’t really talking about the death of education so much as the aims of education. What is it for? Economic utility, i.e. preparing kids for the labor market, isn’t enough of a reason – at least not to a kid. Postman doesn’t think much of helping kids develop technical and computer literacy either. To him, the ideal is for kids to be trained to be culturally literate human beings who take responsibility for the community and world they live in and who can tolerate other people’s differences. He’s a big proponent of the public schools creating a common culture that respects diversity. He blames the “multi-cultural” agenda for delivering the precise opposite.
Though I didn’t agree with every one of Postman’s points, the section that he calls “A Fable,” in which he tells the fictional story of how New York City solved its school crisis, made me want to get up and cheer. It’s for that section that I’m giving the book 5 stars. Besides that, Postman deserves it. I believe he is one of the most important educational philosophers of recent times, a John Dewey of the late 20th century. Since education, whether you get it from school, synagogue, church, or television, is really what defines our lives, everyone should read him.
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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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