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Teaching as a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman
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Nov 15, 2010

really liked it

This book was written primarily as a manifesto for inquiry based learning. It is reasonably convincing as such, but has a major flaw. While discussing the problems brought about by the educational bureaucracy he fails to even consider the schooling model most suited to an inquiry based learning environment, homeschooling. Not only are parents not included as potential teacher or implementers of his strategies he fails to consider them even as parents or the impact that parents have either as agents of change or as sources of educational inertia. Teaching certainly becomes subversive when you take children away from their parents and then "educate" them ignoring the feedback of your paying customers (namely the children's parents).

This flaw disappears if you start with the assumption that the book is written for parents as teachers. I liked many of the ideas in the book and have already started using them with my children.
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