The Curiosity of School: Education and the Dark Side of Enlightenment
As it turns out, school has quite the strange history, and it really began with Prussia in the 1800's, originally used as a means of training soldiers. The idea was to strip students of their individuality and turn them into obedient citizens who would later become soldiers, and then workers when there
"Perhaps that’s because, for almost two hundred years, the Prussian system has engineered students to be things, not people. At the hands of churches, armies, governments, and corporations, school has sought to turn it students into priests, soldiers, citizens, and workers. With each reformer, and each reform, there has always been an agenda, always a purpose, a point, a motive. No matter the organiz ...more
And now I feel a little jaded - are eBooks the blending of Technology and literacy? Is it merely a side effect of this emphasis on STEM? Does all literacy now have to incorporate some aspect of STEM t ...more
An interesting a ...more
Thank you, thank you Mr Sherman for this enlightening look at what government, military, and corporate interests have put into motion and continue to this day. Without this comprehensive background information, we would not know how fundament ...more
I STRONGLY recommend this book to anyone working in the field education, especially teachers, but also, this should be a must-read for everyone; we need to properly understand what has and ...more
Let me say right off that I didn't finish the book (I reached page 321 out of 352 - or approximately 91% according to Goodreads - which is 30 pages shy of completing it). While I didn't finish it, I do intend to, but for some reason I broke my momentum with this and it's a little difficult to get my head into the game again.
You can tell right away by the many stickies that I found this book rather fascinating. It is an extremely ambitious book, cover ...more
In Prussia, the goal was to essentially turn students into secret soldiers so that when the time came, they were instrumental in stopping Napoleon. Countries around the world started immitating their method, and tweak ...more
Perhaps everyone SHOULD read this book, if only to consider how important editors are. The book is astonishingly poorly written, structured, and "edited"--although I doubt ...more
A fascinating read. I highly recommend this for people who wonder how our modern school system was developed and where it still may be going.
The History of Public Schools & Education should be taught in Grade School instead of the usual completely uninteresting subjects (which seems to be the norm) and this book used as a Primer.
Kudos to Finland with the best Educational system o ...more
Zander Sherman, if you're reading this, I want to thank you for the conversation. I enjoyed it immensely.
I appreciate the fact that the author was partly home schooled and had some experience in standard institutions.
I also like the fact that he presented the material in a fairly straightforward manner - he was neither apologetic nor critical of the different systems overall.