The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School.Postman's title, The End of Education, can be construed two very different ways. In Part I he uses "end" in the sense of dead end. In Part II he uses "end" in the sense of purposeful pur·pose·ful
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Postman POSTMAN, Eng. law. A barrister in the court of exchequer, who has precedence in: motions. lists a number of false gods that have led education to dead ends: the god of economic utility (the belief that if you do well in school, you will be rewarded with a well-paying job), the god of consumership (typified by the credo that "whoever dies with the most toys, wins"), the god of technology (the cult of information) and the god of multiculturalism multiculturalism or cultural pluralism, a term describing the coexistence of many cultures in a locality, without any one culture dominating the region. (when cultural diversity becomes an exclusive preoccupation of education).
Postman proposes replacing these false gods with new perspectives that he believes are more worthwhile for educators to pursue. These include the ideas that human beings are stewards of the earth, that all knowledge is imperfect imperfect: see tense. , that the virtue of the American experiment is its ability to teach the value of argument, that teachers should encourage children to value everyone rather than promote revenge for past racial wrongs, and that language structures reality differently for different peoples.
As is true of Postman's earlier works, The End of Education is likely to upset some readers. Those who do not pay careful attention to the author's championship of valuing diversity in its various forms, for example, are likely to be angered by his discussion of multiculturalism; technology advocates, likewise, will be antagonized by Postman's recital Recital - dBASE-like language and DBMS from Recital Corporation. Versions include Vax VMS. of its limitations.
On the other hand, those who take time to read the book carefully will find it contains some engaging and provocative ideas worth further consideration. He proposes that we teach children to love their country without becoming nationalists and that differences between peoples are inevitable, and worthy of respect.
A short review cannot do justice to Postman's array of ideas. I encourage readers to explore Postman's perspective for themselves. Reviewed by Joanne Hendrick, Professor Emerita Emerita is a honorary title retained corresponding to that held immediatey before retirement. (associated with retired from service) --Kabir4you2002 11:55, 28 September 2007 (UTC)