- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: Odysseus Group (November 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0945700040
- ISBN-13: 978-0945700043
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher's Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling Paperback – November, 2000
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***You CAN read this book online for free from his website... (Amazon won't let me put in a link, so just google his name and you'll find it.) BUT, like I said, this is a HUGE book, and reading it all online would be quite tiresome to the eyes. I actually started reading it on his site but it hooked me in so I decided to buy it in book form.
This book is a very worthwhile read. I will say that it isn't 100% optimally organized and edited, but you won't find the material easily elsewhere either. So... if you're willing to be a little forgiving on the writing in places, you'll learn more than you ever dreamed of the true history of American Education.
His books have helped me to rethink my view of education- what it can be, what it should be, and what it isn't in America. This has been of great help as my husband and I have decided to educate our own children, and we've reshaped our views of education.
I also highly recommend reading his other books... they are much shorter, and are revealing of the current state of schools from his 30 year school-teaching experience:
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (which shows the deliberate dumbing down of the American School System, and displays "how the U.S. educational system cranks out students the way Detroit cranks out Buicks. He contends that students are more programmed to conform to economic and social norms rather than really taught to think.")
Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling: "Focuses on mechanisms of compulsory schooling which cripple imagination and discourage critical thinking. Here is a demonstration that the harm school inflicts is quite rational and deliberate. The real function of pedagogy is to render the common population manageable, remove the obligation of child care from adult workers so they are free to fuel the industrial economy and to train the next generation into subservient obedience to the state."
**Although I can't give a direct link in this review, you can find my website by accessing my profile. I mention that because I have a LOT of great resources on my site for those who are in the process of rethinking education and determining what that means for them and their children.**
No discussion of our schools is worthwhile if uninformed by this book.