Education Unchained: What it takes to Restore Schools and Learning (Hardback)
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Education Unchained: What it takes to Restore Schools and Learning (Hardback)

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Hardback 190 Pages / Published: 26/10/2015
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Are we going about education the wrong way? The somewhat shocking demonstration of this book is that "we" simply cannot reform "our" schools "together". We don't actually even know what schools or education really are. Education can only be improved the same way we improve and invent things in other walks of life, through unbridled, unchained trial and error.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781475822434
Number of pages: 190
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 237 x 162 x 20 mm


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Those seeking to improve public schools in the US often struggle to define how they wish to make schools `better.' Lidstroem espouses a belief that government spending has led to a decline in schools and as that funding has increased, quality has declined. He presents his ideas in 12 sections: an introduction; `The Knowledge Problem'; `The Threats to Improved Education'; `School, Work, and Growing Up'; `The Ethics of State Education'; `The Rise of the Government School System'; a critique of pedagogy; how he alleges government schools fail; the downward spiral in quality over time; the benefits of a market system; `The Negative Externalities of Government Education'; and a plan to reinvigorate schools. Though the author considers only one perspective, it is well-reasoned and passionately argued. Best for those well-versed in the issues public education in the US faces, such as upper-level undergraduates or graduate students in a seminar setting. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. * CHOICE *
[T]here are surprisingly few fresh ideas on how to improve education and learning. The book by Dr. Erik Lidstroem brings plenty. They are both radical and proven. Radical, because he is quoting Hayek, Sowell, Weinber and calls for a free market solution to learning. And proven, because such systems worked in the past. The book is a must read for parents, teachers and policymakers in general. And it provides some just-in-time food for thought related to Mr. Corbyn's ideas of `cradle to grave' National Education Service. -Professor Ziga Turk, former Slovenian Minister of Education * Medium *
Erik Lidstroem has provided us with a heretical, but brilliant expose of modern education. There is wide agreement that the modern, bureaucratic school system does not work well and is subject to a never-ending cyclical spate of reforms that often make matters worse. By combining economics and evolutionary theory with an intriguing account of the educational system and outcomes before and after government organized schooling, Lidstroem makes a cogent and thoughtful argument for a ground-up, market-based approach to education. No doubt, the thesis will irritate and offend many educators, but this is all the more reason to read the book and seriously reflect on Lidstroem's proposals. -- David C. Geary, PhD, curators' professor, Thomas Jefferson Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri
The shortfalls of government-supplied education loom ever larger as time marches on. Considering radical alternatives today, however, violating more than one nostrum of political correctness, Erik Lidstroem takes us beyond such conventionalities to show freedom and competition are a significant part of the answer to the educational crisis of our time. -- Samuel Gregg, director of research, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
Throw away all those books on how to fix the education system. As Erik Lidstroem shows in this thought-provoking book, full of insights, the only way to fix education is not to fix it. Education is too important to be left to the "education experts", and should be a matter for the real experts - schools, teachers and parents. -- Johan Norberg, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and author of "In Defence of Global Capitalism"

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