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Minding American Education: Reclaiming the Tradition of Active Learning


reviewed by Neal Wrightson — 2004

coverTitle: Minding American Education: Reclaiming the Tradition of Active Learning
Author(s): Martin Bickman
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807743534, Pages: 165, Year: 2003
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Teaching is art, but education is politics. In Minding American Education, Martin Bickman reconsiders and attempts to reconcile the conflict created by these two aspects of schooling. He has chosen a path that has been somewhat neglected of late, taking a wider and deeper look at the landscape of American educational thought over nearly two centuries. Along the way, he illuminates the paths taken by those who have maintained that education has a vital role to play in the revitalization of democracy as a central purpose of our culture and that it is for something more than vocational training, as it now seems to be perceived. It is widely accepted that education in the United States is in a crisis, but there are fervent and wildly divergent opinions as to the nature of this crisis, as well as to the nature of its resolution. Bickman suggests the crisis is rooted in a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of learning, so that “getting the right answer is more... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 1005-1007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11215, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 2:58:55 PM

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  • Neal Wrightson
    Children's Community School, Los Angeles
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    NEAL WRIGHTSON is the Co-founder and Director of the Children’s Community School in Los Angeles. He is also on the Board of the Prospect Archives and Center for Education and Research, Chair of the Board of the Valley Community Charter School in Los Angeles, and a member of the North Dakota Study Group. He has been an elementary school teacher and administrator for 26 years.
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