Amid the hype of Race to the Top, online experiments such as Khan Academy, and bestselling books like The Sandbox Investment, we seem to have drawn a line that leads from nursery school along a purely economic route, with money as the final stop. But what price do we all pay for the singular focus on wage as the outcome of education? Susan Engel, a leading psychologist and educator, argues that this economic framework has had a profound impact not only on the way we think about education but also on what happens inside school buildings.
The End of the Rainbow asks what would happen if we changed the implicit goal of education and imagines how different things would be if we made happiness, rather than money, the graduation prize. In this “gem of a book” (Deborah Meier), Engel offers a fascinating alternative view of what education might become: teaching children to read books for pleasure and self-expansion and encouraging collaboration. All of these new skills, she argues, would not only cultivate future success in the world of work but would also make society as a whole a happier place.
|Publisher:||New Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
Table of Contents
1 The Money Trail 11
2 How Money Impoverishes Education 39
3 Rich or Poor, It's Good to Have Money 81
4 How Happiness Enriches Schools 89
5 A Blueprint for Well-Being 135
6 What We Should Measure 171
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After having taught fourth grade for twenty years, I retired feeling confused and upset about what's happening in education. It seemed to me that we're going in an entirely wrong direction: sacrificing children, who are people after all, to something totally incomprehensible to me. This book made crystal clear the direction in which we should be going. It's a great follow-up to the many excellent books about what's wrong with our current path. There is hope for the future of education if society can get its priorities straight. This book is readable and convincing.