Monday, January 24, 2005

Book Reccomendation

I read a lot of blogs. I see a lot of "discussions." Recently I have seen many about education and liberals taking over colleges. Mostly students, these kids don't seem to know that their argument started during Reagan's administration with Alan Bloom. In my opinion regardless of their position on the subject none of the people having these discussion touch the real crisis in education. They don't understand that the real problem in our education system has nothing to do with partisan politics and goes much deeper. Benjamin Barber, a political science professor, wrote a great book An Aristocracy of Everyone about the real education crisis. He objectivly critiques the debate about PC and multiculturalism from both sides and gives his own philosophy on what education in a democracy should really be about. I give it a huge recommendation and would argue it is the most important book written in the past few decades regarding the American education system.

--Chuck

3 Comments:

Blogger Branshine said...

I just got this book at Amazon for like $2.00 but I might take years for it to arrive. So I will let you know my thoughts when, and if, I get it.

1/24/2005 11:56 AM  
Blogger Chuck said...

That's awesome Branshine. Absolutely let me know what you think, even if it takes two years.

--Chuck

1/24/2005 12:35 PM  
Blogger Branshine said...

By the by, I got this book yesterday, I know why it was only $2.00, it has so many hightlights it looks like a coloring book! The old owner did not agree with the author, so comments in margin are quite amusing!

I have started it and will let you know my thoughts when I am finished, so far not bad. The few minutes I was an education major we linked with a Middle School to start a service learning class, so from that perpective I can see the difference with his ideal of "sevice learning" and the reality based problems he has over looked.

2/01/2005 12:57 PM  

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