Montessori, Dewey, And Capitalism / Edition 1

Montessori, Dewey, And Capitalism / Edition 1

by Jerry Kirkpatrick
     
 

Synthesizing ideas from such disparate thinkers as educator Maria Montessori, philosophers John Dewey and Ayn Rand, and Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises, Montessori, Dewey, and Capitalism presents a philosophy of education-the theory of concentrated attention and independent judgment-that requires laissez-faire capitalism for its full realization. It is not an… See more details below

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Synthesizing ideas from such disparate thinkers as educator Maria Montessori, philosophers John Dewey and Ayn Rand, and Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises, Montessori, Dewey, and Capitalism presents a philosophy of education-the theory of concentrated attention and independent judgment-that requires laissez-faire capitalism for its full realization. It is not an argument, except indirectly, for the separation of education and state nor is it a critique of present and past state-run schooling. It is an argument for the abolition of coercion in all areas of life.

What is the ideal education system? asks the author. One that rejects the premise of obedience to authority. Not just in teaching, but also in parenting and in all social relations. Just as an ideal social system would allow citizens to pursue their values without interruption or control from an outside authority, namely the state, so also the ideal education system should allow children and students to concentrate without interruption on the learning tasks that interest them. The adult guides and nurtures the young, neither coercing nor neglecting them, to develop the confidence and independence required for an adult life in a capitalist society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780978780333
Publisher:
TLJ Books
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents Preface....................9
Acknowledgments....................13
1. Capitalism and Education....................17
The Philosophy of Education....................18
Unsolved Problems of Modern Education....................23
The Theory of Concentrated Attention and Capitalism....................25
2. Historical Origins....................38
Plato and Quintilian....................39
The Jesuits....................42
Comenius, Locke, and Rousseau....................44
Pestalozzi, Herbart, and Froebel....................51
Dewey and Montessori....................58
3. Foundations....................69
Intrinsicism Rejected....................70
How We Think....................82
How We Act....................98
Volition and Learning....................108
Volition and Political Freedom....................109
4. The Theory....................110
Purpose....................111
Method....................121
Content....................134
Concentrated Attention and Political Freedom....................147
5. Bureaucracy and Education....................148
Bureaucracy and Its Trappings....................149
The Educational Service Business....................167
Privatization....................179
6. Independent Judgment....................183
Mental Passivity....................184
Independence....................187
Psychological Self-Awareness....................192
The Work Ahead....................194
Bibliography....................197
Index....................207

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