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ERIC Number: ED260954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Pages: 13
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Upton Sinclair and the New Critics of Education.
Nelson, Jack L.
Upton Sinclair's critique of education is examined, and what today's critics of education can learn from him is discussed. Sinclair is an example of deep or new critics of education who deal with more than surface blemishes and relate school criticism to deeper social issues like justice. In 1922 Sinclair conducted personal interviews with educators throughout the United States. He called public attention to root problems in schooling, academic freedom, and corporate society through a rough journalistic style and muckraking. For example, Sinclair's book "The Goose-step" is filled with straightforward comments on specific colleges where he identified linkages to industrialists and cozy relations between big business and academia. Sinclair identified specific industrialists and capitalists as behind-the-scene manipulators of higher education. This basic criticism of capitalist greed and manipulation as detrimental to education is also a theme common to current deep critics of education. Current critics can learn much from Sinclair. They should conduct another cross-country personal study today and report their findings using Sinclair's clear and straightforward identification of evils. (RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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