ERIC Number: ED504282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-1
Abstractor: As Provided
Charles Silberman's "Crisis in the Classroom, The Remaking of American Education": A Critical Analysis
Costley, Kevin C.
In 1970, journalist and scholar Charles Silberman published "Crisis in the Classroom; the Remaking of American Education." His intended audiences was teachers and students, school board members and taxpayers, public officials and civic leaders, newspaper and magazine editors and readers, television directors and viewers, parents and children. Silberman's book was popular for it's time. In great detail, Silberman dealt directly and candidly with the American educational system as compared with other world powers showing the "crisis in the classroom." His narrative discussion was in line with other prominent authors of the day who wrote about flaws in the American educational system. Three primary themes of Silberman's book were: Education and the Whole Man, 2) Education Must Have Purpose; and, Educational Reform. Silberman advocated that what tomorrow needs are not masses of intellectuals but masses of educated men, men educated to "feel" and to "act" as well as to "think." Silberman believed in humanistic education where old-fashioned, good values should be rediscovered and lived by. Silberman promoted the practice of encouragement of students. He stated that the way for a teacher to cultivate a good a self-concept in a child is through the application and continuous flow of encouragement. Effective schools are humane and encouraging. Education should also transmit knowledge, abilities, and skills. In addition, effective schools should transmit values of history and tradition of the society. Silberman believed that children should have more responsibility for their own learning. Children should be encouraged by teachers to self-assess one's strengths, weaknesses, interests, and needs. Public schools should also consider alternative goals and ways of achieving these goals. Courses of action should be followed by evaluation of progress. Silberman believed that schools should not make education merely a preparation for the next stage of life, but these years rewarding in their own right.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Parents; Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A