Hilfreichste kritische Rezenzion
Deeply flawed and dangerous
am 1. Oktober 1999
As a light, interesting read, this book has its moments. But as a source of direction for curriculum changes, it is nothing short of dangerous. The scholarship of the book is highly dubious: most of its dramatic claims have extraordinarily weak source references: pop culture magazine articles, tabloid journalism, and even a racquetball club brochure. Many wild claims have no citation at all. In the meantime, the author ignores much of what REAL brain research implies about teaching. For example, great strides have been made in understanding neural networks, and from that we learn that the natural basis for how the brain works is through repetition and practice -- an insight that is just about exactly contrary to the author's touchie-feelie approach. In general, the author is highly selective in material included: brain research that supports classical education is ignored, while even the most outrageous claims in support of progressivist dogma are treated as gospel.