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Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society


reviewed by Maxine Greene 1964

coverTitle: Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society
Author(s): J. W. Gardner
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The mood of Self-Renewal is Emersonian; the energies and strivings it celebrates are reminiscent of William James. Not surprisingly, John Gardner also evokes some of the qualities we associate with the Kennedy years—a kind of virile, adventurous pragmatism: courage, detachment, and impatience with complacency. Although he was not officially connected with the administration of the late President, he was involved in many consultations on "national goals," and he edited To Turn the Tide, a collection of John F. Kennedy's statements of purpose for 1961. And those who recall Mr. Gardner's Excellence will have in mind his preoccupation with process and with "style." The concern of the new book is with education in its widest sense, with the culture's total effort to remain viable and alive. The focus is on "innovativeness," which may be an attitude, a body of skills, or a condition; in any case, it is recommended as a norm... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 65 Number 8, 1964, p. 719-719
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2742, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 9:20:46 PM

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