This engaging book presents a frontal attack on current forms of schooling and a radical rethinking of the whole education process. Kieran Egan, a prize-winning scholar and innovative thinker, does not rail against teachers, administrators, or politicians for the failures of the school. Instead he argues that education today is built on a set of mutually exclusive goals that are destined to defeat our best efforts.
Egan explores the three big ideas and aims of educationacademic, social, and developmental growthand exposes their flaws and fundamental incompatibility. He then proposes and describes a process called Imaginative Education that would dramatically change teaching and curriculum while delivering the skills and understanding that we all want our children to acquire. His speculative narrative of education from 2010 to 2060executed with wit and verveshows how we might very well get there from here.
. . . a brilliant conceptual foundation for the future of education. . . . [T]here is greater need than ever to bring bright ideas to the table to deal with the challenges and opportunities for educating. . . . Egan's account . . . is an ingenious attempt to do this.(James V. Wertsch, Science
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