J. Glenn Gray Promise of Wisdom

ISBN 13: 9780061316623

Promise of Wisdom

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9780061316623: Promise of Wisdom

The Promise of Wisdom is addressed to all educators. It raises perennial questions about the purposes of education, authority and freedom in the classroom, and the structure of the curriculum. It offers a vision of education in and out of school, of learning and teaching that seeks ultimately to help “reconcile the individual and his world.” In simple, graceful language, this volume addresses individuality and happiness, artistry in conduct, and concludes with a section on schools and the wider society. It understands know- ledge as “not only being able to learn,” but also “being able to unlearn and relearn throughout life.” Drawing from a wealth of literature as well as personal experience and insight, Gray describes what it might mean to be an educated person.

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“Amply justifies its title from the very start...Indeed here is a rare piece of work, beautifully written, and of great consequence to anyone at all involved in educational endeavor.” —Saturday Review

“J. Glenn Gray’s reflections on education reappear...at a moment when the unwisdom of our national education policies has become obvious...the timeless simplicity and meaningfulness of his vision is something to marvel at and be grateful for.”  —Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

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