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Overview

Perhaps no other historian has had a more profound and revolutionary impact on American education than Howard Zinn. This is the first book devoted to his views on education and its role in a democratic society.

Howard Zinn on Democratic Education describes what is missing from school textbooks and in classrooms - and how we move beyond these deficiencies to improve student education. Critical skills of citizenship are insufficiently developed in schools, according to Zinn. Textbooks and curricula must be changed to transcend the recitation of received wisdom too common today in our schools. In these respects, recent Bush Administration and educational policies of most previous presidents have been on the wrong track in meeting educational needs.

This book seeks to redefine national goals at a time when public debates over education have never been more polarized — nor higher in public visibility and contentious debate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594510540
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Series in Critical Narrative
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Living near Boston, Howard Zinn is a historian, political essayist, playwright, and activist. His earlier experience as a bombardier in World War II and his later experience in the southern movement for racial justice propelled him into a lifetime of searching for larger truths in his writings, research, and activism. Among Zinn's many influential books, his A People’s History of the United States, which offered an entirely new perspective on American history, has been widely translated, serialized, and adapted to multiple editions for various audiences, including young readers. More recently Zinn's appearances on stage with such figures as Kurt Vonnegut, Viggo Mortensen, Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, and others have brought his Voices of the People's History (edited with Anthony Arnove) to many new audiences internationally.

Donaldo Macedo is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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Table of Contents

1 Apparatus of lies USA : introduction 1
2 Schools and the manufacture of mass deception : a dialogue 27
3 A people's history of the United States 67
4 How free is higher education? 87
5 Columbus and western civilization 97
6 Grey matters interviews Howard Zinn 123
7 Being left : growing up class-conscious 137
8 What Bush's war on terror is all about 157
9 The diverted left 163
10 A campaign without class 167
11 Federal bureau of intimidation 175
12 Why students should study history : an interview 187
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