Going out, Not Knowing Whither: Education, the Upward Journey and the Faith of Reason / Edition 1

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"Reading the history of education and curriculum thought through the crisis of modernity marked by the "death of God," the "disenchantment of the world," and the disintegration of the human subject, the author describes our current spiritual situation and its problems. Central is an examination of the contemporary critique of reason, its growing indictment as the source of present woes, particularly given that the heart of the West has been its relentless pursuit of reason and an unwavering faith in it as humanity's hope for achieving the good, the true, and the beautiful. The inquiry is made toward an understanding of the project of education, as the guardian of reason and the avenue through which human faith in reason is expressed, and the crisis in which this project, too, has culminated. The possibility is set forth of redeeming reason and reclaiming education as the upward journey of the soul in search of the good, the true, and the beautiful."--BOOK JACKET.
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Quinn (education studies, Adelphi U.) teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in curriculum theory, social studies, literature, and the arts; her research interests lie primarily in the spiritual critique of education within the context of social justice. She contends that the Western concept of reason has lost its soul, with the result being "a dismissal of the spiritual, a crisis of the imagination, a loss of the poetic, and an absence of depth" (from the foreword). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820441047
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Counterpoints of Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240

Table of Contents

Prologue: Going Out, Not Knowing Whither 1
Ch. 1 Dying Idols, Difficult Commandments, and the Call of Faith 25
Ch. 2 Curse, Crisis, and the Reign of Death 55
Ch. 3 Education, the Upward Journey, and the Faith of Reason (1) 83
Ch. 4 Education, the Upward Journey, and the Faith of Reason (2) 129
Epilogue: Sojourning in the Land of Promise 179
Bibliography 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    Cultures notwithstanding

    Since education isn't a neutral activity! Since it is designed to affect the way students look at the world, education will have some effect on their character. Even those students who end up poorly educated in the subject matter learn many things from their instructors that transcend the lessons found on a syllabus. I believe, that Dr. Quinn would have us examine all decisions and actions we make as educators and understand that they contain an ethical lessons. By this morally reflective practice she seems to infer to mean more than just discussions of the moral implications of a subject or the inclusion of professional ethics in a course. Although, each is important. Her spiritual concern is with education as a relational human activity that has a moral dimension. Her compelling disenchantment of the world is thought provoking, and refreshing from the cliche' driven, bankrupt priority of "we'll leave no child behind". As a life long learner I appreciated and enjoyed reading her journey.

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