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Crisis in the Classroom

Charles L. Silberman

ISBN 10: 0704500213 / ISBN 13: 9780704500211
Published by Wildwood House Ltd
Condition: VERY GOOD Hardcover
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Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2639478555

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Title: Crisis in the Classroom

Publisher: Wildwood House Ltd

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VERY GOOD

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By J. Zorn on October 18, 2010 Format: Hardcover It's a fascinating study, valuable today far more for what it got wrong than what it affirmed. I give Silberman credit for researching the history of Progressive Education so thoroughly and also for the passionate optimism of his take on British infant schools. Like many other 'Sixties intellectuals, however, Silberman did far better criticizing the status quo than offering a realistic alternative. Traditional U.S. schools, he argues, were lifeless, alienating, and stifling of free, creative thought. They tended to reproduce existing inequalities and to train the young toward docility. Fine. But what to do? Here Silberman reaches across the Atlantic to British "open education," which he praises over-enthusiastically. It seems perfect: Just set a rich environment up for children to explore, and their natural curiosity will keep them focused and happy. They will love school, and all their learning will be authentic, drawing on intrinsic needs to know. Nah. What we soon learned was that some few students thrive in such schools, but most do not. Silberman "buys" open education in the same true believer spirit that Charles Reich "bought" 'Sixties youth culture: taking acid, dropping out, having sex with anyone who is also into it all sound good, but they play out very poorly over time. Same with schools encouraging kids to do what they please with minimal adult guidance

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