Books to Read

I was lent this book a few weeks ago and I’m only about half way through at the moment; however, this is a ‘must-read’ for anyone interested in holistic education.  Orr not only aims his criticisms at the current educational establishment, but provides “healthy” and realistic alternatives.  Some of the “myths of education” he breaks down include: A) education will save us by making us ethical beings, B) education is to produce cogs in our capitalist economy, C) education is a commodity, D) education must be retooled to make us “competitive” with competing market demands, E) education must be wed to technology, science, and economics in order to be viable in the 21st century.  Orr turns to older concepts and, in many ways, anticipates the return to classical education that many institutions in the southern United States have been turning to.  This is a very quick and limited review, but I recommend this highly.

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