ERIC Number: EJ703945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
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Washington Commentary: Therapeutic Reading for the Highly Educated
Lewis, Anne C.
Phi Delta Kappan, v85 n10 p723 Jun 2004
Summertime is traditionally a time to relax, reflect on the school year past, plan for the coming year ahead, tune in or tune out the political rhetoric, and catch up on reading. To aid in the last effort, Anne C. Lewis, a national education policy writer, wanted to continue a little tradition she started a couple of years ago and suggest some books that have been especially selected for their currency or pertinence to events or people in the news. For example, first on the list is a little volume, chosen from among many written in the same vein by the iconoclastic Neil Postman, that she recommends for U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige. There is some evidence that he may already have read Teaching as a Subversive Activity, by Postman and Charles Weingartner, but if that's so, then re-reading this little classic ought to make him feel better about his labeling of the National Education Association as a "terrorist organization." This is a short list, and the author invites readers to draw up lists of their own. However she offers the caveat that the assignment is a tough one because educators tend to lack a sense of the playful and the absurd. They often fail to appreciate the use of humor to deliver difficult truths
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Reading Materials, Books, Federal Legislation, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Attitudes
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001