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An antidote to lazy thinking,
This review is from: Corruption of the Curriculum (Paperback)This book is especially interesting because it is published by Civitas, a London think-tank which is normally considered somewhat right-of-centre. Civitas promotes the concept that a healthy civic society can provide education and social services more efficiently than the state; for instance, Civitas supports private charities and co-operatives. Such bodies are not separated from the people they serve by an impenetrable bureaucratic mechanism which serves its own interests first.
Yet most of the chapters of this book were written by the old Living Marxism crew, who now operate under the aegis of Spiked Online, and the Institute of Ideas. These people have abandoned the concept of state socialism, and embraced a libertarian stance. More importantly, they recognise that progressive education is just plain stupid, and that our children are no longer receiving the education they need to understand complex ideas. As the great psychologist Jerome Bruner once said about discovery learning, "it is the most inefficient technique possible for regaining what has been gathered over a long period of time."
So politics does indeed make strange bedfellows, or as some people might have it, bedpersons. The contributions to this book vary in quality, but they are all well written, and they all expose the follies of the know-nothings who would indoctrinate our children in post-modern inanities. Well worth the modest cover price.