The Unschooled Mind
How Children Think and How Schools Should TeachBook - 2011
"I like to invoke the image of figure and ground. In any scene, certain elements stand out as figures, as dominant foci, against a less prominent background, which (ideally) supports the central figure. At present, test scores and rankings have become figures, so dominant that they virtually occlude everything else. In my preferred portrait of education, a well-schooled mind becomes the central figure--a mind that truly understands disciplinary ways of thinking and one that also encourages respectful and ethical behavior. All the rest--including the instruments of accountability should be in the backgroud, providing support for that central, powerful image. Why the current ideal of school focuses so much on a certain view of knowledge, transmitted in a certain way, and documented in a certain way, is a question for historians and policy makers: That it has taken this turn is a source of regret to those of us who harbor a different view of knowledge and education."--The introduction by the author (p. xxviii).
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 
Edition: 20th-anniversary edition
Copyright Date: ©1991
Branch Call Number: 370.152 G173U 2011
Characteristics: xxx, 322 pages ; 24 cm