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Tomorrow's Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century (Hardback)
  • Tomorrow's Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century (Hardback)

Tomorrow's Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 06/01/2000
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From the best-selling social thinker, Riane Eisler, a new model for childhood education and a healthier, more humane world.. When Riane Eisler published her classic book The Chalice and the Blade in 1987 she introduced the idea of partnership, a model for society that stresses environmental sustainability, nonviolence, multiculturalism, and gender-fairness. Now, in Tomorrows Children , Eisler applies the partnership model to modern education, providing parents and teachers with specific ways to apply her ideas to the teaching of school-age children.Eisler explains how for too long a dominator model, which emphasizes control, authoritarianism, violence, and gender discrimination, has characterized our educational system. Tomorrows Children recommends sweeping changes in both the content and process of teaching and maintains that ideas of struggle, conquest, and destruction can successfully be supplanted by those of cooperation, mutual aid, and respect for creation. The result is a revolutionary and inspiring picture of how educationand by extension, societymight look in the twenty-first century. In the wake of the tragedy of the shootings in Littleton at Columbine High School and other killings of children by children, there is increasing recognition of the urgent need for a deep systemic reassessment of what we are teaching our children. Based on the multidisciplinary research conducted by Riane Eisler over three decades, Tomorrows Children presents a new integrated model for education: the partnership model.This model is an outgrowth of the cultural transformation theory developed by Dr. Eisler in her classic work The Chalice and the Blade. In that book, Eisler identifies a continuum of patterns for structuring relations. At one end of the continuum is the partnership model, which embodies equity, environmental sustainability, multiculturalism, and gender-fairness. At the opposite end of the continuum is the dominator model, which has marred much of our civilization. This model emphasizes control, authoritarianism, violence, gender discrimination, and environmental destruction. Eisler also shows that we today stand at a crossroads, where a shift to the partnership end of the continuum is essential for human welfare, and possibly survival. A new kind of education system is required to effectuate this shift. Tomorrows Children applies the partnership model to education from kindergarten to twelfth grade and beyond, providing practical guidance for educators, parents, and students. Rather than one more add-on to existing methods and curricula, it provides a systemic approach that offers a more accurate and hopeful picture of what being human means. The curriculum loom and learning tapestry Eisler presents in Tomorrows Children integrate three primary components of teaching and learning: what Eisler calls partnership process, partnership structure, and partnership content. The book melds Eislers research and the work of many progressive educators into a cohesive and compelling blueprint for the kind of proactive education children need to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As Nel Noddings, a noted professor of education from Stanford University, writes, the adoption of a partnership model in both schools and the larger society is essential for human life to flourish.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9780813390406
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 667 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 30 mm

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