Teaching as a Subversive Activity

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The author attacks contemporary educational systems based on fear, coercion, and memorization and advocates alternative inquiry and induction methods which equip students to relate to modern realities

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As a recruiting book, this does have the snappy title for the late 1960's. And, so far as i remember it...it does explain what does happen, for good or ill, in classrooms. Read full review

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Probably the only useful thing that's come out of the university based portion of my teaching course so far. Postman advocates for large-scale change to the school system which would move the child ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
Crap Detecting
19
The Medium Is the Message Of Course
32
Copyright

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About the author (1987)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at the State University of New York and Columbia University, Neil Postman is a communications theorist, educator, and writer who has been deeply involved with the issue of the impact of the media and advanced communications technology on American culture. In his many books, Postman has strongly opposed the idea that technology will "save" humanity. In fact, he has focused on the negative ways in which television and computers alter social behavior. In his book Technopoly, Postman argues that the uncontrolled growth of technology destroys humanity by creating a culture with no moral structure. Thus, technology can be a dangerous enemy as well as a good friend. Postman, who is married and has three children, currently is a professor of media ecology at New York University and editor of Et Cetera, the journal of general semantics. In addition to his books, he has contributed to various magazines and periodicals, including Atlantic and The Nation. He has also appeared on the television program Sunrise Semester. Postman is the holder of the Christian Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching from New YorkUniversity.

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