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ERIC Number: EJ719849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0024-9033
I Dreamed I Saw Hilda Neatby Last Night: "So Little for the Mind" after 50 Years
Corbett, Mike
McGill Journal of Education, v39 n2 p159-182 Spr 2004
It has been nearly fifty years since the publication of "So Little for the Mind," Hilda Neatby's controversial conservative attack on what she understood as "progressive education." This paper argues that Neatby's book remains important reading despite its limitations and its context. Neatby's work represents what I call a "big dream" in educational thought. It is an educational text that is passionately anti-scientific in its structure and argument; it represents a fundamental liberal humanist critique of educational theory and research. Neatby's work is important for the way in which it initiates contemporary conservative educational critique in Canada, but also because it anticipates post-structural arguments about the radical intrusiveness of a focus on the "whole child" in the context of the modern educational apparatus. Finally, I critique some of Neatby's key assumptions and relate these to an autobiographical account of the educational experience of one small-town Nova Scotian family from the 1920s. (Contains 17 endnotes.)
The McGill Journal of Education, Education Building, 3700 McTavish Street, Room 345, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1Y2. Tel: 514-398-4246.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada