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Where does The Schools We Need rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?
Bloom's CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND, but read Bloom first. Hirsch does a nice job criticizing the dumbing-down backlash in American education resultant of the anti-intellectual movement of the 1960's (actually, he dates the beginnings of the movement back to Romantic Era Germany and France). He shows how what schools need is a balance of fact and imagination rather than all or one of the other, demonstrates that it is not that standardized tests are culturally biased, but rather that minorities are not as well educated at home or in intercity schools, and generally dispels a lot of the misconceptions that have been very dominant in American mis-education since Kirkpatrick.
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What did you love best about The Schools We Need?
It was interesting to learn about the history of the predominat educational philosophies.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
This book paints a picture of what education should and could be.