"Suppose all of the syllabi and curricula and textbooks disappeared. Suppose all of the standardized (cont) http://tl.gd/731ukg
Why do we have to suppose? Can't we just decide to do this in our classrooms?
"suppose that you decide to have the entire 'curriculum' consist of questions...What questions would be on your list?" Postman & Weingartner
"Very often children make declarative statements about things when they really mean to elicit an (cont) http://tl.gd/7320mr
My page of ? worth asking: What would you add? http://moby.to/hemi6k
Here is what my colleague Scott Schwister contributed to his page 61 and what he wrote on his blog about this when he read the book last spring.
Also, there is a page61 Flickr group:
What would you add to this list?
"The new education is a process and will not suffer from the applied imaginations of all who wish to be a part of it." Postman & Weingartner
"we have all become accustomed to a conception and a hierarchy of standards that, in our opinion, is (cont) http://tl.gd/732hcn
I feel Postman's critique of Hirsch's "Cultural Literacy" in this interview is clearly addressing his views on this topic. Since this interview was done later in his life I think it also addresses and clarifies for Stuart Buck and I what his view on this matter really was (see transcript of our conversation below).
"[on 'basic fundamentals'] we find that the essential portion of the word 'fundamental' is the word (cont) http://tl.gd/732jub
I absolutely love this quote!
"If your goals are to make people more alike, to prepare them to be docile functionaries in some (cont) http://tl.gd/732lf9
"One must be centrally concerned with the hearts and minds of learners—in contrast to those merely (cont) http://tl.gd/732m7h
"Any talk about high standards from teachers or school administrators is nonsense unless they are talking (cont) http://tl.gd/732nis
Let me repeat that in full:
"Any talk about high standards from teachers or school administrators is nonsense unless they are talking about standards of learning (as distinct from standards for grading, which is what is usually meant)." Postman & Weingartner
"Focusing on the asking of questions leads directly to the probing of relationships among 'subjects,' (cont) http://tl.gd/7333au
"Alfred North Whitehead made the point that taxonomy is the death of science. And, we would add, the (cont) http://tl.gd/733745
Again, another jab at E. D. Hirsch.
"the art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge." Postman & Weingartner
@anderscj I just wrote a book about that.... but its in danish though :-) Ill get the abstract translatet..... "the asking teacher"
"There is no learning without the learner. And there is no meaning without a meaning maker." Postman & Weingartner
@anderscj Read "Left Back" (2000).
@anderscj I think it's a book that Postman outgrew with age and wisdom.
@stuartbuck But, in End Of Education (1995) he gave no indication of substantial change in position.
@anderscj Title of his 1979 book is a disavowal. Plus, I recall "Subversive" being hostile to schooling/teachers--very different from later
@stuartbuck schooling yes, seems he always was a hostile to schooling...I wouldn't say he was toward teachers though.
@anderscj That book ridiculed "transmission of our cultural heritage"; seems totally opposite to "Building a Bridge to the 18th Century."
@stuartbuck you assume all teachers see "transmitting our cultural heritage" as their role. I suppose it is fair to say hostile to some.
@anderscj The point isn't hostility to teachers, but what teachers should be doing -- what he ridiculed in 1969 is what he demanded in 1990s
@anderscj My previous post is what I recall . . . it's been probably 15 years since I read "Subversive."
@stuartbuck I wouldn't say he took a full 180 turn though. Any honest and intelligent person changes perspective over time...
@anderscj 1969 Postman loved modern culture & mocked trad. curriculum; later he hated modern culture and wanted schools to balance it out.
@stuartbuck is that because of gained wisdom or did he just become crotchety?
@anderscj My bias: totally the former. I loved "Amusing Ourselves to Death," which was my first Postman book to read.