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Losing Heart: The Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America’s Children


reviewed by Robert Kunzman — March 05, 2007

coverTitle: Losing Heart: The Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America’s Children
Author(s): H. Svi Shapiro
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805857222 , Pages: 240, Year: 2005
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H. Svi Shapiro’s Losing Heart: The Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America’s Children brings a powerful and urgent message of critique and possibility to American schools and society. His tone is frequently prophetic, imbued with outrage and condemnation of the existing social order, and his prose seeks to stir readers to recognition and action. For university instructors who want to provoke discussion (and hopefully debate) about what ails our schools and society, Losing Heart is a strong choice. But this book can speak to an audience beyond the academy: anyone who finds themselves uncritically accepting the underlying assumptions of our current structures and priorities of schooling would likely think again after reading Losing Heart. As a critique of “what is,” the first six chapters move fairly seamlessly between the narrower world of schools and our broader society which shapes them. Shapiro asserts that we face dual crises: disastrous education reform efforts... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 05, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13743, Date Accessed: 7/23/2017 10:47:22 PM

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  • Robert Kunzman
    Indiana University
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    ROBERT KUNZMAN is assistant professor in the Indiana University School of Education, and his scholarship focuses on the intersection of religion, citizenship, and education. He is the author of Grappling with the Good: Talking about Religion and Morality in Public Schools (SUNY, 2006), and is currently researching homeschooling philosophies and practices across the United States.
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