Losing Heart The Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America's Children

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In this book, H. Svi Shapiro explores the crisis of meaning that increasingly pervades our schools, and the absence of moral and social purpose in our vision of education. He offers both an analysis of the role of education in producing and maintaining attitudes and values that contribute to our competitive, socially unequal, instrumental, consumerist, and self-oriented culture, and a radically different vision for what our schools should be about-one that focuses on education's role in supporting a more critically reflective, socially responsible, and compassionate culture. This vision is rooted in the prophetic tradition of Tikkun Olam-the repair and healing of the world.

Federal and state legislation have propelled schools today in the direction of an increasingly test-driven, instrumental, and individually competitive regime. Under these legislative mandates, schools are increasingly alienating and stressful places for both students and teachers. Most disturbing is that this form of education is not conducive to providing young people with the capacity to cope with the moral, cultural, spiritual, and political challenges of the world they inhabit. More than only offering a critique of schools, Shapiro proposes a counter-vision that can lead to a different kind of culture and society, and he discusses strategies for advocating and implementing it. Written in a style that is very accessible to a wide range of readers, Losing Heart: The Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America's Children is also carefully researched and draws on relevant theory and experience to make a powerful case for re-envisioning the work of educators. This is a book that can help reshape the publicdiscussion about education in this country.

This book speaks to a wide range of readers, including academics and students in education, sociology, anthropology, political science, and cultural studies; public school professionals; and the general public interested in education. It will appeal to faculty in schools of education who are looking for a text that offers both a critical language and one that speaks to possibility and change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805857214
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Education or schooling? 1
2 Crisis of meaning 20
3 Human nature, human possibility 45
4 In search of community 66
5 Banality of evil 92
6 For you were strangers in Egypt 118
7 Educating for peace 151
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