Arnstine shows how schools have been distracted from education by reformers urging higher standardsthe code word for higher test scores. But education is revealed in the dispositions a person has: sensitivity and resourcefulness, amiability and responsibility, taste, wit, and a disciplined intelligence. This book examines the conditions needed to foster dispositions like these, for they are not acquired by having the young spend more time studying standard academic subjects in preparation for competitive tests.
Without recourse to esoteric jargon, Democracy and the Arts of Schooling shows why test scores are less significant than the quality of the experiences students have in school. When that quality is highwhen it has the richness and the absorbing character we associate with the aestheticthen learning takes place.
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About the Author
Donald Arnstine is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of California, Davis.
Table of Contents
Part I. Education, Democracy, and the Aesthetic
1. Education, Socialization, and the Aesthetic
2. Democracy and Education
Part II. Educational Ideals: What's Possible, and How
3. Learning: The Acquisition of Dispositions
4. Educational Method I: The Primacy of the Aesthetic
5. Educational Method II: Curiosity
6. Educational Method III: Thinking as Problem-Solving and the Role of Groups
7. Educational Method IV: Learning Groups, Democracy, and Democratic Schools
Part III. Educational Realities: Confronting the System adn Escaping the System
8. The School System: Its Purpose and Its Persistence
9. Targets for Change I: The Testing System and the Conditions of Teaching
10. Targets for Change II: Segregated Schools and Education through Work