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The Aims of Education and Other Essays Paperback – 1 Jan 1967

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1st Free Press Pbk. Ed edition (1 Jan. 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0029351804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029351802
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An English mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead provided the foundation for the shool of thought known as process philosophy. With an academic career that spanned from Cambridge to Harvard, Whitehead wrote extensively on mathematics, metaphysis, and philosophy. He died in Massachusetts in 1947.

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This is an amazingly perceptive book about the true nature of education and should be on the reading list of all would-be educators. Although written so many years ago, it contains timeless wisdom about how we learn and how best to teach. Although some of the ideas (no exams?) seem outrageously far-fetched today, they are a useful counter-balance to the oppressively utilitarian world of league-tables and grade-inflation. Among many other pearls it contains the best description of the different stages of learning one goes through to master a subject that I have ever read. This book inspired me as a student at the Cambridge Institute of Education in 1967 and still inspires me after nearly 46 years as teacher, head and school inspector. It's one of many reasons why I am still teaching and still loving it (teaching and this book! at 67. Sad that it seems so expensive now - if you can find it in a second-hand book shop, snap it up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well remembered book 28 Jun. 2013
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Alfred North Whitehead has been a favorite author since I firest read this book as a college sophomore in 1958. It criticizes the British educational system but it is just as appropriate on our own. I have recommended this to educated parents. If you read only the first paragraph of the first page you will gain enough wisdom to make the purchase of the book worthwhile. Buy it, read it, pass it on or save it for future readings. Over the past 55 years I have enjoyed the book four times. If possible it would get 8 stars from me.
5.0 out of 5 stars A meaningful gift for students entering college 3 Sept. 2013
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My college made this required reading for the summer before matriculating. I resented the required summer reading, but this book made a real difference in the way that I approached college. I now give it as a gift to any thoughtful student I know who is starting college. (I wish the publisher would re-design the cover to make it less off-putting, but it's been this way for 3 decades. I suspect it suppresses sales of this excellent book.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything as promised 22 Aug. 2016
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Everything as promised, thank you!
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very nice
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Students, Parents and Teachers 24 May 2007
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This book is as fresh and usefull as it was 50 years ago when I first read it. The summary of this book, that is Whitehead's concept of the message to be received from the writing, is the first line of the book. Dr. Whitehead assures us the purpose of education is to enrich life and "scraps of information have nothing to do with it." This magnificent book belongs on the shelf of every person who is interested in education of mankind throughout life. We are fortunate to have been blessed by this scholar and humanist.
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