- Paperback: 115 pages
- Publisher: Heron Books (January 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897390016
- ISBN-13: 978-0897390019
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Leipzig Connection (Basics in Education)
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A kind of detective story, one with a villain and victims but no heroes...the appalling effects of scientific psychology. -- MANAS
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Perceptive...a blunt, concise argument for the restoration of educational principles...will stimulate argument. -- The Seattle Times
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About the Author
Paolo Lionni was born in Switzerland in 1938 and was educated there, in Italy, and in the U.S. (Brandeis University). During his lifetime he served as art director of several national magazines and his drawings, poetry, essays, and translations have been published in Europe, the U.S., and Mexico. For the last 15 years of his life, he was very active in the field of education promoting an alternative to the educational philosophies described in "The Leipzig Connection."
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As a former public school teacher, I could never understand the logic of what it was I was expected to do. Most of my colleagues went along with whatever they were told without questioning anything. For example, we were warned that if we taught material that was to be tested by the State, we were teaching to the test. So in other words, our students were going to be tested on subjects they were not taught. Is there any wonder why State test scores are so dismal?
Later, I was told by a principal that I was hurting my students when I taught grammar. Honest to God: He actually said that! He believed that students would master language skills through some non-sense called whole language. I knew he was a hopeless moron the moment I met him, but he confirmed it over and over again. In fact, all but a handful of the administrators I ever taught under were mindless twerps.
When I attempted to help students memorize basic concepts, I was told that drilling was bad. There was a cute little saying that teachers like me "drill to kill." But how else does knowledge become second nature without some degree of drill? Ask any musician or dancer if he could have learned without memorization. The most innovative jazz musicians were schooled in music before they experimented with free form.
Later, I was trained to put students in groups in order to share their work. It was the panacea that would solve all of our problems. Everyone would learn from everyone else. In some schools it is called cooperative learning: in others it is collaborative learning. Use either name, and it is still a waste of time. The only thing those students managed to learn was how to organize their cheating. The bright kids did all the work, and the riffraff copied with impunity. The principle at work was very obvious: "From those according to ability to those according to need." This is social engineering beginning in the classroom, and now I know, it is not an accident.
I doubt if any of the administrators or my former colleagues were conscious of what they were actually doing. They were just following orders. But at some point, people have to stop and ask what is going on. Every teacher who has ever questioned the logic of what he was expected to do in the classroom should read this book.
It is amazing how the German / Nazi doctors were relabeled and imported as psychiatrists in the US and then around the world and how their 'man is an animal' doctrines were implanted into colleges by Rockefeller. VERY INTERESTING. Very glad i read it. It's a real eye opener. I'd especially recommend that all doctors read this.
I'd heard so many other theories before (mostly not enough funding for schools) that I wasn't sure this book would hold much truth either.
I was completely wrong.
Reading this book was the first time I've felt that I truly understand what happened to our once great American educational system. It makes so much sense and it has nothing to do with funding or throwing more money at the current system as it stands.
If you're a parent - read it. If you're an educator - you must read it.
Though written in 1972, the information with it's names, dates, and history of our educational decline is as pertinent in 2008 as it was then.
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