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Education Deform: Bright People Sometimes Say Stupid Things about Education

reviewed by Douglas E. Mitchell - 2003

coverTitle: Education Deform: Bright People Sometimes Say Stupid Things about Education
Author(s): James M. Kauffman
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Lanham
ISBN: 0810843145, Pages: 307, Year: 2002
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This is an important book.  It deserves to be carefully read and richly critiqued.  In wonderfully clear and often entertaining prose, James M. Kauffman fully exposes and explores one of the most important intellectual controversies in contemporary scholarship.  Be prepared, however; Kauffman is an aggressive partisan in his exposure of this intellectual problem – he passionately argues for an embrace of what he calls “Enlightenment Science” and an equally thorough rejection of what he variously calls postmodernism, progressivism and Romanticism.  His intent is to skewer those who hold this latter view with their confusing and illogical rhetoric, their abandonment of humanity’s most reliable source of knowledge (Enlightenment Science), and their penchant for making “stupid” and inane recommendations for educational programs and policies that are ultimately unjust and irresponsible.  Moreover, he asserts that the intellectual errors responsible for the postmodern “stupidity” have dogged American public education since its inception more than a century ago. While most of the book is devoted to the passionate debunking of postmodernism and progressivism, the final chapter... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1358-1363
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11077, Date Accessed: 7/15/2020 5:00:35 AM

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  • Douglas Mitchell
    University of California, Riverside
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    DOUGLAS E. MITCHELL is the Professor of Education at University of California Riverside and the Director of California Educational Research Cooperative (CERC). His major teaching interests include Educational Policy, Social Science Theory, School Politics and his major area of research and professional activity include Education policy formation and implementation, organization and control of school systems, labor relations and teacher incentives, citizen influence and school politics.
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