Losing Heart The Moral and Spiritual MIS-Education of America's Children

ISBN-10: 0805857222
ISBN-13: 9780805857221
Edition: 2005
Authors: H. Svi Shapiro
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Book details

List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In this book Svi Shapiro explores the ideological and attitudinal functions of schools, looking especially at what is called the 'hidden curriculum.' He offers both an analysis of the role of education in producing and maintaining attitudes and values that contribute to our competitive, socially unequal, instrumental, consumerist, and self-oriented culture and a radically different vision for what our schools should be about--a vision that focuses on education's role in supporting a more critically reflective, socially responsible, and compassionate culture. Federal and state legislation have propelled schools today in the direction of an increasingly test-driven, instrumental, and individually competitive regime. Under these legislative mandates, schools are increasingly alienating and stressful places for both students and teachers. Most disturbing is that this form of education is not conducive to providing young people with the capacity to cope with the moral, cultural, spiritual, andpolitical challenges of the world they inhabit. More than only offering a critique of schools, Shapiro proposes a counter-vision that can lead to a different kind of culture and society, and he discusses strategies for advocating and implementing it. Written in a style that is very accessible to a wide range of readers, Losing Heart: The Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America's Childrenis also carefully researched and draws on relevant theory to make a strong case. This book speaks to a wide range of readers, including academics and students in education, sociology, anthropology, political science, and cultural studies; public school professionals; and the general public interested in education. It will appeal to faculty in schools of education who are looking for a text that offers both a critical language andone that speaks to possibility and change.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Education or Schooling?
Crisis of Meaning
Human Nature, Human Possibility
In Search of Community
Banality of Evil
For You Were Strangers in Egypt
Educating for Peace
Tikkun Olam
Author Index
Subject Index

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