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The New Improved American

reviewed by Vernon A. Eagle - 1965

coverTitle: The New Improved American
Author(s): B. Ashbell
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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It is a commonplace to say that whatever happens in society affects education. This is true and usually trivial. It is a current commonplace to declare that something labeled automation or cybernation is profoundly reshaping the world in which we live. It is to his considerable credit that Bernard Asbell in The New Improved American deals with automation and education in our ever-changing society and does not take the easy route of viewing with alarm or leaping with hope about tomorrow's different world. Man has been titillated and terrified by the power of his wild inventions for at least as long as he has been able to record these emotions. The thrown stone, the sharpened stick, the fire-pit trap, all have terrified even as they satisfied man's increasing appetite and needs. And in every instance the innovation complicated the tribal curriculum. Accumulated knowledge means accumulated wealth and accumulated burden. So we... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 8, 1965, p. 767-767
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2484, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 10:17:52 PM

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