Reforming Education: The Opening of the American Mind

Mortimer Jerome Adler, Author MacMillan Publishing Company $19.95 (362p) ISBN 978-0-02-500551-8
A founder of the ``great books'' movement, Adler ( How to Read a Book ) opens this collection of his essays that span a half century with a stinging rebuke to The Closing of the American Mind , Allan Bloom's pessimistic appraisal of today's colleges. Academic malaise, Adler counters, is rooted in the deficiencies of basic schooling. His concept of Paideia, or general education, runs as a theme throughout these pieces, arguing that the great books approach is successful in the few school districts which have daringly reorganized their resources to teach children in the dialectical, Socratic manner. He updates the great books list to include others from this century: Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time , books by Teilhard De Chardin, Claude Levi-Straus and Saul Bellow. As philosopher, humanistic teacher and educational pioneer, Adler is well viewed in these essays that contribute sound judgment to the controversy of what should be taught in our schools. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/27/1989
Release date: 03/01/1989

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