The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School by Neil Postman

By Neil Postman

Postman means that the present main issue in our instructional method derives from its failure to provide scholars with a translucent, unifying "narrative" like those who encouraged previous generations. as a substitute, today's colleges advertise the fake "gods" of monetary software, consumerism, or ethnic separatism and resentment. What replacement options do we use to instill our youngsters with a feeling of worldwide citizenship, fit highbrow skepticism, admire of America's traditions, and appreciation of its range? In answering this query, The finish of Education restores which means and customary feel to the world within which they're such a lot urgently wanted.

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We even find the law of diversity operating in the genetic information we pass on when procreating. In cases where marriage is confined to those of the same family—where people, as it were, clone themselves—entropic defects are more likely to occur than when differences are admitted. We may go so far as to say that sameness is the enemy not only of vitality but of excellence, for where there are few or no differences—in genetic structure, in language, in art— it is not possible to develop robust standards of excellence.

The question is how to do this and yet avoid indifference, on the one hand, and a psychopathic nationalism, on the other. As it happens, there is such a story available to us. It has the virtues of being largely true, of explaining our past, including our mistakes, of inviting participation in the present, of offering hope for the future. It is a story that does not require the belief that America is superior to all other countries, only that it is unique, youthful, admirable, and opened wide to unfulfilled humane possibilities.

This made many people unhappy, for many reasons, but most of all because no one could tell the dumb children from the smart children anymore. But the mayor, who was, after all, a very shrewd politician, promised that as soon as the emergency was over, everything would be restored to normal. Meanwhile, everybody lived happily ever after—in a state of emergency, but quite able to cope with it. Those who have read or heard this fable (it has appeared twice in the New York Times Magazine), and were then asked to state its moral, have come up with at least six different ones.

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