- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (May 9, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 043508478X
- ISBN-13: 978-0435084783
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,780,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Insult to Intelligence: The Bureaucratic Invasion of Our Classrooms 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Frank Smith has always been fascinated by language. He worked as a journalist in many countries before beginning formal academic studies in Australia. This led to a Ph.D. at Harvard University and further world travel researching, lecturing, and writing on thinking and learning. He has been a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; the University of Toronto; the University of Victoria, British Columbia; and the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has published many articles and books.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I learned a lot about cognitive development from Frank Smith.
This is a good book to start with for reading Frank Smith.
The book provides clever insights that are memorable in a visceral way.
It had a huge influence on me as a Teacher and Adviser to Teachers in New Zealand in the 1980's and 1990's.Now that I have retired,it has the same impact on me at a time when I am analysing what has happened to Education and the minimisation of the support to Teachers in New Zealand since that time.
The book still has the power to explain why the people who believe that learners are all unique and should have those differences nurtured have lost the battle to the above mentioned groups, who are busy now blaming Teachers for the failings of others to trust them!
This Edition by Heinnemann is a poor copy of the earlier edition that I used in the 1980's. It is obviouslly geared to the academic stream of users and does not have the clear layout, excellent highlighting of key arguements that the first edition had. Another example of commercial needs over user needs.
Tony Fisher, FNZEI. Past President of the Advisers to Schools of New Zealand. 2011.
Smith's book provides an excellent account of the step-by-step disintegration of our schools from the integration of organized testing. Take note of the chapter on SAT testing, and the new arsenal of state sponsored testing. The new discrimination comes from white-collared bureaucrats using statistics and bell curves to establish their own Meritocracy.
Now the chapter on computers is already a little dated, but don't let that dissuade you. Read it and then pass in on to someone else. This is a must read for anyone who cares even a little about education today. It should be on the same shelf with Neil Postman and Alfie Kohn's books.
I also liked his suggestion of making assignments meaningful and developing an apprenticeship atmosphere.
However, as an educational consultant and former teacher, I was seeking practical solutions. This book was heavy on the problems and light on the solutions.