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About The End of Education:
The End of Education is a book by Neil Postman. This book is about public education in America. The use of the word end in the title means primarily as a synonym for purpose, but also as a prediction about the future of public schools if they do not successfully identify and communicate a convincing purpose of their existence with our culture. In the part 1 of this book postman keep emphasizing the difference between education and schooling. Postman believes that schools primary social function is to create a common culture among citizens through the communication of unifying purpose-giving narratives rather than to simply initiate children into the economy. Furthermore he feels, American education has drifted away from its founding narratives of Democracy and Individual rights, replaced by the narratives of economic utility and the belief in technology as the measure of humanity’s progress. Postman believes that the school system’s current narratives at best, fail to sufficiently inspire and, all too often, fail to communicate anything at all. A Reasonable argument can be made against educating young to be consumers or to think about the kinds of employment that might interest them. In the second part of the book postman proposes 5 narratives as possible alternatives to the current ones include spaceship Earth, The Fallen Angel, The American Experiment, The Laws of Diversity and The Word Weavers and The world Makers.
About Neil Postman:
Neil Postman was born on March 8, 1931 and died on 5th October, 2003. He was an American author, educator, media theorist and cultural critic. He is best known for his seventeen books including Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), Technopoly, The Disappearance of Childhood (1994) and The End of Education (1995). For more than 40 years, he was associated with New York University. He was humanist, who believed that “new technology can never substitute for human values. He died in 2003 of lung cancer. Postman wrote 18 books and more than 200 magazines and newspaper articles.
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