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  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Black Rose Books (May 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155164116X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551641164
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,978,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel Spring
Joel Spring is a professor at Queens College and the Graduate, City University of New York, whose scholarship focuses on educational policy, the politics of education, and educational globalization. Joel Spring is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation. His great-great-grandfather was the first Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory and his grandfather, Joel S. Spring, was a district chief at the time Indian Territory became Oklahoma. He is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation I.D. #1274408293.
Joel Spring has published over twenty books on American and global school policies, including Political Agendas for Education: From Change We Can Believed in to Putting America First (2010), Globalization of Education: An Introduction (2009), A New Paradigm for Global School Systems: Education for a Long and Happy Life (2007), Wheels in the Head: Educational Philosophies of Authority, Freedom, and Culture from Confucianism to Human Rights Third Edition (2008), Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States Sixth Edition (2010) and American Education Fourteenth Edition (2010). His most recent book is Education Networks:
Power, Wealth, Cyberspace and the Digital Mind (2012). He lived for many summers on an island off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. His novel, Alaskan Visions, reflects these Alaskan experiences. He is currently writing a novel about racism among Native Americans.
Joel Spring has been given numerous educational awards and lectureships including the Society of Professors of Education Mary Anne Raywid Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Field of Education; the University of Wisconsin Alumni Achievement Award; Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecturer; Presidential Lectureship, University of Vermont; Mitstifer Lectureship; Presidential Lecture, University of Vermont; Green Honors Chair Lectures, Texas Christian University; R. Freeman Butts Lecture; and the John Dewey Memorial Lecture.
Professor Spring has given invited lecture nationally and internationally, including Singapore, Turkey, China, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan. In the fall of 2012, he will lecture on "Global Issues: Schooling Minority Cultures and Languages" to honor the opening of the multicultural center at Minzu University, Beijing China and, as part of Boston College's sesquicentennial speaker series, "Public Education and Future of Our Democracy," on "The Great American Education-Industrial Complex: How Public Schooling Undermines Democracy."



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This is an excellent book for anyone interested in alternative educational theories and systems. Joel Spring expertly melds a history of modern education practices with critiques from prominent thinkers in the field, while exploring various alternative models from around the world. While it is true that this book does not urge educators to employ the numerous examined theories and practices, it does offer broad exposure to a myraid of fascinating experiments in alternative education. The goal of this book is not to offer new dogmas for educators. Instead, it is offered as a launching pad for those interested in finding new ways to structure our education system and society with the objective of maximizing individual liberty, justice and social harmony.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dana Garrett on March 19, 2010
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Joel Spring states the incontrovertible in A Primer of Libertarian Education: "schools came into being as means of shaping the moral and social beliefs of the population for the benefit of the dominant elite" (p. 10).

How, then, if at all, can we educate others without instantiating moral and social beliefs that benefit the dominate elite? What aims would such a radical educational approach possess? Would it free the individual from the internalization of authority from without and facilitate ownership of the self? Would it raise consciousness about the historical conditions that determine everyday existence? Would it involve any form of sexual liberation? What challenges, if any, would such radical educational approaches make to the nuclear family and the concept of childhood itself?

Spring examines these and other questions as he examines the pedagogies of leftists like Godwin, Ferrer, Illich, Rousseau, Stirner, Tolstoy, Neill, Goodman, Marx, Freire, Reich, Aries, and Bettelheim. Readers will also find excellent discussions about the free school movement, Summerhill, and the educational practices of the Kibbutz.

If you are interested in radical approaches to education, this book is a must read.
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