The Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America's Children
By (author) H. Svi Shapiro
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Losing Heart by H. Svi Shapiro
Book DescriptionIn this book Svi Shapiro explores the ideological and attitudinal functions of schools, looking especially at what is called the 'hidden curriculum.' He offers both an analysis of the role of education in producing and maintaining attitudes and values that contribute to our competitive, socially unequal, instrumental, consumerist, and self-oriented culture and a radically different vision for what our schools should be about--a vision that focuses on education's role in supporting a more critically reflective, socially responsible, and compassionate culture. Federal and state legislation have propelled schools today in the direction of an increasingly test-driven, instrumental, and individually competitive regime. Under these legislative mandates, schools are increasingly alienating and stressful places for both students and teachers. Most disturbing is that this form of education is not conducive to providing young people with the capacity to cope with the moral, cultural, spiritual, and political challenges of the world they inhabit. More than only offering a critique of schools, Shapiro proposes a counter-vision that can lead to a different kind of culture and society, and he discusses strategies for advocating and implementing it. Written in a style that is very accessible to a wide range of readers, Losing Heart: The Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America's Children is also carefully researched and draws on relevant theory to make a strong case. This book speaks to a wide range of readers, including academics and students in education, sociology, anthropology, political science, and cultural studies; public school professionals; and the general public interested in education. It will appeal to faculty in schools of education who are looking for a text that offers both a critical language and one that speaks to possibility and change.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780805857221
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 11-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author H. Svi Shapiro
Educating Youth for a World Beyond Violence, Hardback (January 2011)
In a time of unprecedented social and economic crisis, this book represents a challenge to the orthodoxy that shapes our vision of educational purpose. It argues that now, more than ever, there is a moral imperative for educators to assume responsibility for helping to bring about a culture of peace and non-violence.
Education and Hope in Troubled Times, Hardback (April 2009)
Bringing together a group of the best creative educational thinkers to reflect on the purpose and future of public education, this collection of original essays by leading social and educational commentators in North America attempts to articulate a vision for education, especially public education, and begin to set an alternative direction.
Critical Social Issues in American Education, Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by H. Svi Shapiro
The editors present readings that seek to critically situate issues of education in the context of the major cultural, moral, political, economic, ecological and spiritual crises that confront modern America and the world.
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