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Doomed to Fail : The Built-in Defects of American Education


reviewed by Gerald Grant 2006

coverTitle: Doomed to Fail : The Built-in Defects of American Education
Author(s): Paul A. Zoch
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee, Inc., Chicago
ISBN: 1566635675, Pages: 272, Year: 2004
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Paul Zoch is a public high school teacher in Texas who believes that he and most of his colleagues are doomed to fail.  And, in his view, the fault lies with us in the education professoriate who are continuing to undermine the work of teachers by teaching the wrongheaded doctrines of behaviorism and progressive education. Zoch is cranky but no crank.  His book is a thoughtful lament—sometimes falling into a harangue—about trying to teach in a culture that expects the teacher to do it all.  They are expected by behaviorists to find the right stimulus for each learner.  By the progressives to uncover and teach to each child’s interests.  By cognitive theorists to employ a dozen different teaching methods to adapt to different learning styles.  Zoch skewers Howard Gardner as well as the right brain/left brain crowd.  Finally he scolds the romantics of child study for holding a too precious view... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 905-907
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12172, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 5:13:34 AM

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  • Gerald Grant
    Syracuse University
    GERALD GRANT is Hannah Hammond Professor of Education and Sociology at Syracuse University and the author, with Christine Murray, of Teaching in America: The Slow Revolution, Harvard University Press, 2001.
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