- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (March 19, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071422889
- ISBN-13: 978-0071422888
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Saber-Tooth Curriculum, Classic Edition Paperback – March 19, 2004
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A classic of educational criticism proves its relevance in light of today's educational quandaries
First published by McGraw-Hill in 1939, The Saber-Tooth Curriculum was a groundbreaking satire of the educational establishment, and its unwillingness to adapt to changing times. Throughout the decades, this witty work has not only become an educational classic, but has also remained as relevant and applicable to the key questions in education today as it was when first published.
With tongue firmly in cheek, Peddiwell takes on the conflicting philosophies of education, from its imagined origins at the dawn of time to its culmination in a ritualistic, deeply entrenched social institution with rigidly prescribed norms and procedures. Developed within a fanciful framework of fictional lectures, given by fictional author Professor J. Abner Peddiwell, doyen in the History of Education at Petaluma State College, this humorous fable illustrates the progress of education and gives valuable insights into how it could continue to develop in the decades to come.
About the Author
J. Abner Peddiwell was doyen of the History of Education at Petaluma State College.
Harold Benjamin was an academic, author, and publishing professional, and a prominent figure in 20th-century education.
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The author is correct, today we spend too much time focusing on what worked yesterday and not wanting to change. As a result, we make excuses on why what was still could be the answer. We are all realizing that yesterday's education is no longer effective for tomorrow's students. This book is one every stakeholder should read before voting on the latest "get fixed-quick" plans for education are initiated. While this book does not offer any suggestions on how to fix the system, it does offer an interesting viewpoint on how everything went so wrong. The question thus becomes who can come up with an answer to the questions this book poses.
A real classic.