A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling
Author: John Taylor Gatto
Publisher: New Society Publishers
The transformation of schooling from a twelve-year jail sentence to freedom to learn. John Taylor Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction , now available in paperback, focuses on mechanisms of traditional education which cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills. Gatto's earlier book, Dumbing Us Down , introduced the now-famous expression of the title into the common vernacular. Weapons of Mass Instruction adds another chilling metaphor to the brief against conventional schooling. Gatto demonstrates that the harm school inflicts is rational and deliberate. The real function of pedagogy, he argues, is to render the common population manageable. To that end, young people must be conditioned to rely upon experts, to remain divided from natural alliances and to accept disconnections from their own lived experiences. They must at all costs be discouraged from developing self-reliance and independence. Escaping this trap requires a strategy Gatto calls "open source learning" which imposes no artificial divisions between learning and life. Through this alternative approach our children can avoid being indoctrinated-only then can they achieve self-knowledge, good judgment, and courage.
Selected Speeches and Essays on Politics, Art and Leadership
Author: Iyorwuese Harry Hagher
Publisher: Spectrum Books Limited
Category: Social Science
These speeches and published essays, dating from 1983 to 2003, are products of the author's investment n the transformational powers of education, political power and art during rapidly changing times in Nigeria. As a totality, his writings reveal the urban, critical mind of the post-modern and global African intellectual, integrated with traditional African wisdom. Some topics addressed in the papers are: language, expressions and culture in the 21st century; the role of the humanities; the role of literature and culture in the promotion of human development; the position of the writer in the discourse on sustainable democracy; African and national ideologies; and the theatre as a mode of instruction in the Nigerian environment.
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Since September 11, 2001, Pakistan's madrassas have come under scrutiny as sources for the interpretation and propagation of militant versions of Islam. The madrassas are not unique to Pakistan, but are found throughout the Muslim world. However, Pakistan is a particularly interesting case since it was the staging ground for the C.I.A.-led opposition to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. During this period, from 1979--1989, the C.I.A. worked closely with Pakistan's I.S.I. to provide arms and training to holy warriors or mujahideen who crossed the border into Afghanistan to engage Soviet troops. This proxy war was funded by the United States and the Persian Gulf countries, most notably Saudi Arabia. In the years since this war ended, the madrassas funded by Saudi Arabia have continued to promote an austere interpretation of Islam called Wahhabism that has a tendency to produce graduates with few marketable skills and an anti-Western worldview. This thesis attempts to analyze these madrassas from a historical perspective in order to understand their character, purpose and influence, and then offers recommendations for both the United States and Pakistan in dealing with this complex and delicate phenomenon.
What if the sanctification of war and contempt for women are both grounded in a fear that breeds hostility, and a hostility that rationalizes conquest? The anti-Gospel Christian history of war-loving and women-hating are not merely similar but two aspects of the same dynamic, argues Stan Goff, in an "autobiography" that spans millennia. Borderline is the historical and conceptual autobiography of a former career army veteran transformed by Jesus into a passionate advocate for nonviolence, written by a man who narrates his conversion to Christianity through feminism.
For 160 years, North American children have been subject to compulsory schooling. Formal education has evolved some over that time, but the end result of said evolution is an educational system which is dysfunctional, inefficient, and ultimately incapable of delivering on its professed mandates. Frank Pace is an educator with years of diverse experience. In System vs. Culture: North American Education and Society in the Balance, he looks at the current state of compulsory North American education and sees a system in crisis. He examines the history of modern education and dissects the root causes of its profound dysfunction. System vs. Culture: North American Education and Society in the Balance offers some insight into how an alternative model of education might operate and how it would better serve the needs of a changing society and better achieve its purported goals. Frank Pace has many important things to say about the state of North American education. His arguments are persuasive and lucid and backed up by solid scholarship. While the topic is complicated he does a good job breaking it down in a way that is readable and compelling for both education professionals and anyone interested in education and learning.
A Modern Day Interpretation of a Self-Help Classic
Author: Karen McCreadie
Publisher: Infinite Ideas
After overcoming an illness by what he believed to be subliminal means, Robert Collier became fascinated with the power of the mind and how it may be used to create success in every area of life. Collier believed that one's subconscious mind is like a sleeping giant; once awoken it can bring fame, fortune and happiness. He set to work on a series of psychology texts and The Secret of the Ages, released in 1926, was the first to explore this theory. In this book, Collier plots the course his readers need to follow in order to achieve their ultimate goals. The book proved fantastically popular and sold over 300,000 copies. Many of his insights are still relevant today. Karen McCreadie's interpretation of The Secret of the Ages illustrates the timeless nature of Collier's theories. Bringing the book to life through 52 modern case studies, this brilliant interpretation of The Secret of the Ages is an entertaining and thought provoking accompaniment to one of the most famous books on self-help ever written.
This innovative book analyses the growth of Deobandi Islam, a religious sect whose followers include extremist groups, through the frame of a counterculture in conflict with mainstream Muslim society. Due to its relationship with the Taliban, close links to al-Qaeda, and worldwide reach through the ‘Tablighi Jamaat’ (Proselytization Group), the Deoband Madrassah Movement has come to acquire global significance. In Pakistan, Deobandi schools have increasingly been associated with the rise of an intolerant and militant strain of Islam linked with terrorist activities.