The future of education:

Re-imagining our schools from the ground up


“Egan''s compelling and original approach to much-needed education reform is delivered through a very imaginative and engaging narrative.”—John Willinsky, Stanford University

"Kieran Egan is one of the most original ''big picture'' thinkers in education. I always read what he writes. In his latest book, Egan critiques both traditional and progressive education and puts forth his own provocative ideas on how change might be implemented."—Howard Gardner, author of Five Minds for the Future and Multiple Intelligences

Published in New Haven, U.S.A. by Yale University Press, 2008.


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From reviews: (Well, these comments are from Yale University Press's marketing department, so you might want to take them with a grain of salt. Proper bits from reviews will appear as the reviews begin to appear. )

This engaging book presents a frontal attack on current forms of schooling and a radical rethinking of the whole education process. Kieran Egan, a prize-winning scholar and innovative thinker, does not rail against teachers, administrators, or politicians for the failures of the school. Instead he argues that education today is built on a set of mutually exclusive goals that are destined to defeat our best efforts.

Egan explores the three big ideas and aims of education—academic, social, and developmental growth—and exposes their flaws and fundamental incompatibility. He then proposes and describes a process called Imaginative Education that would dramatically change teaching and curriculum while delivering the skills and understanding that we all want our children to acquire. His speculative narrative of education from 2010 to 2060—executed with wit and verve—shows how we might very well get there from here. Unlike most books dealing with fundamental educational ideas, this one also details how its new proposal can be implemented in everyday classrooms.

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