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School's Out: Hyperlearning, the New Technology, and the End of Education Hardcover – October, 1992

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Are school systems, classrooms and teachers obsolete? No less so than the horse was with the coming of the automobile age, argues Perelman, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute in Washington, D.C., in this stimulating brief for technology-based hyperlearning. He makes many apt criticisms of current schooling, charging, for example, that the current mode of passive learning is defective and that our education system is monolithic and socialistic (American academia is about 90% owned, operated and/or financed by government). He supports not only parental choice of schools, but also students' microchoice from a floating technology menu. On the debit side, techno-optimist Perelman is too eager to lump together all styles and types of learning and to ignore the role of gifted teachers. In his seemingly corporation-friendly way, he praises the innovative entrepreneurial leadership demonstrated by Chris Whittle with his controversial Edison Project, a private school system Perelman believes is dedicated to profitability as a necessary criterion of success.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Perelman, senior fellow of the Discovery Institute, proposes a bold new plan for education that hinges on the use of hypermedia and electronic networking to facilitate hyperlearning. He recommends that the current educational system be abolished, along with its bureaucracy and credentialism. The schools that remain would be private, competitive, and mainly vocational. Educator schools would be transformed into research and development think tanks. Education would be lifelong for the whole family. Perelman bases his proposals on his experience as director of Project Learning 2001, an education restructuring study sponsored by nine U.S. corporations and foundations. His ideas are provocative and radical and will engender controversy. For most education, business, and public policy collections.
- Shirley L. Hopkinson, SLIS, San Jose State Univ., Cal.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688112862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688112868
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,171,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Gettleman on December 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book at least 4 years ago, and it was extremely stimulating and thought-provoking. Looking back, it was perhaps a bit ahead of its time, because it was published before the web became ubiquitous. I find myself even now going back to refer to it, because it deals with education in a unique way, and the ideas are still very relevant today. I wish Mr. Perelman would write an updated edition, because some of the software he refers to, for example, is now quite outdated. It would be wonderful to have a current treatment of his topics, to see how the explosion of the web and other social trends might have changed his perspective and also sparked new thinking. I recommend it highly to anyone in the education or training business.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence J. Guzzetta on August 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Never has a book, written more than a decade ago served as a better inspiration to lead education into the 21st Century. Lewis J. Perelman found the answer to the most pressing need of education in the manuals of successful businesses in America. "You must live with-in your budget or surly you will go out of business" The dollars invested in education are not producing the desired end results. (i.e., 48% of the adult population in Riverside County, CA is considered illiterate) And it's time that the leaders in education accept changes must be done. Mr. Perelman points out in his book, "SCHOOL'S OUT: Hyperlearning, the New Technology, and the End of Education"; a fact that all educators would agree "there is too much money being spent on administrators and bricks". Distance learning via the inter-net is a way for instructors to reach more students (scale of economics) while customizing the instruction to the needs of each individual student. (Learning at their own pace). Spending less money on layers of management and outdated structures isn't the end all answer, but we now have the technology to provide greater efficiency and less waste. How can we afford not to implement successful business techniques in the school charged, in part, with the responsibility to help develop successful business people?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I think this book fails because Perelman doesn't understand what education is. He seems to think it's a kind of engineering problem, and that machines can now do it "better, faster, and cheaper" (as he likes to say) than human teachers. He also seems to accept every myth about the power of technology there is, and forgets how many other "revolutionary" educational technologies (ed. TV, radio, movies, etc.) have failed to live up to their promises.
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