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Perhaps no other historian has had a more profound and revolutionary impact on American education than Howard Zinn. This is the first book devoted to his views on education and its role in a democratic society. Howard Zinn on Democratic Education describes what is missing from school textbooks and in classrooms-and how we move beyond these deficiencies to improve student e Perhaps no other historian has had a more profound and revolutionary impact on American education than Howard Zinn. This is the first book devoted to his views on education and its role in a democratic society. Howard Zinn on Democratic Education describes what is missing from school textbooks and in classrooms-and how we move beyond these deficiencies to improve student education. Critical skills of citizenship are insufficiently developed in schools, according to Zinn. Textbooks and curricula must be changed to transcend the recitation of received wisdom too common today in schools. In these respects, recent Bush Administration and educational policies of most previous US presidents have been on the wrong track in meeting educational needs. This book seeks to redefine national goals at a time when public debates over education have never been more polarised--nor higher in public visibility and contentious debate. Zinn's essays on education-many never before published--are framed in this book by a dialogue between Zinn and Donaldo Macedo, a distinguished critic of literacy and schooling, whose books with Paulo Freire, Noam Chomsky and other authors have received international acclaim.


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Perhaps no other historian has had a more profound and revolutionary impact on American education than Howard Zinn. This is the first book devoted to his views on education and its role in a democratic society. Howard Zinn on Democratic Education describes what is missing from school textbooks and in classrooms-and how we move beyond these deficiencies to improve student e Perhaps no other historian has had a more profound and revolutionary impact on American education than Howard Zinn. This is the first book devoted to his views on education and its role in a democratic society. Howard Zinn on Democratic Education describes what is missing from school textbooks and in classrooms-and how we move beyond these deficiencies to improve student education. Critical skills of citizenship are insufficiently developed in schools, according to Zinn. Textbooks and curricula must be changed to transcend the recitation of received wisdom too common today in schools. In these respects, recent Bush Administration and educational policies of most previous US presidents have been on the wrong track in meeting educational needs. This book seeks to redefine national goals at a time when public debates over education have never been more polarised--nor higher in public visibility and contentious debate. Zinn's essays on education-many never before published--are framed in this book by a dialogue between Zinn and Donaldo Macedo, a distinguished critic of literacy and schooling, whose books with Paulo Freire, Noam Chomsky and other authors have received international acclaim.

30 review for Howard Zinn on Democratic Education

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Smith

    At first, the book seemed like two past-their-time progressives not saying much of anything new in a laid back interview that read more like a conversation by two people that felt exactly the same way (Donaldo Macedo and Howard Zinn). But, as the first section, consisting of this conversation began to dwindle down Zinn starts really digging into education and the different approaches that need to be taken. As I moved through more interviews, articles, and essays with/by Zinn, I found that he wou At first, the book seemed like two past-their-time progressives not saying much of anything new in a laid back interview that read more like a conversation by two people that felt exactly the same way (Donaldo Macedo and Howard Zinn). But, as the first section, consisting of this conversation began to dwindle down Zinn starts really digging into education and the different approaches that need to be taken. As I moved through more interviews, articles, and essays with/by Zinn, I found that he would often provide fantastic advice that put my questions and concerns about teaching into a new light. I would highly recommend the book and only encourage you to get through the first bit with the interview knowing that there is a promise of powerful and important arguments.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Again, a collections of (very good) essays and talks, rather than a stand-alone work on education. Zinn is always worth reading.

  3. 4 out of 5

    erika lewy

    The final chapter focusing on pedagogy in high school and college history classrooms was the most interesting to me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Judi Torneten

    Another great book by Zinn. Starts out slow, then he kicks it into high engagement

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