Critical Lessons concentrates on the critical, reflective thinking that should be encouraged in high schools. Taking seriously the Socratic advice “know thyself,” it focuses on topics that will help students to understand the forces – good and bad – that work to socialize them. This book argues that critical thinking is necessary in both schools and society, and that it requires the discussion of controversial issues: how we learn, the psychology of war, what it means to make a home, advertising and propaganda, choosing an occupation, gender, and religion. Learning how to discuss such issues is vital for life in a liberal democracy.
Nel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University. She is past president of the Philosophy of Education Society and of the John Dewey Society. In addition to publishing fourteen books – among them are Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education, Women and Evil, The Challenge to Care in Schools, Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief, and Philosophy of Education – she is the author of some 200 articles and chapters on various topics ranging from the ethics of care to mathematical problem solving. Her latest books are Starting at Home: Caring and Social Policy, Educating Moral People: A Caring Alternative to Character Education, and Happiness and Education (Cambridge University Press).
Noddings spent fifteen years as a teacher, administrator, and curriculum developer in public schools. She served as a mathematics department chairperson in New Jersey and as Director of the Laboratory Schools at the University of Chicago. At Stanford, she received the Award for Teaching Excellence three times, most recently in 1997. She also served as Associate Dean and as Acting Dean at Stanford University for four years.
Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul
What Our Schools Should Teach
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|1||Learning and Self-Understanding||10|
|2||The Psychology of War||36|
|3||House and Home||64|
|6||Animals and Nature||147|
|7||Advertising and Propaganda||170|
|8||Making a Living||198|
|11||Preparing Our Schools||282|
The writing of this book was aided greatly by ideas and feedback from lecture audiences at Rowan University, Richmond School District (Canada), the University of Rochester, Hobart William Smith College, the Norton Lecture at the University of Delaware, the East-West Philosophy Conference at the University of Hawaii, and Horace Mann School. Thanks, too, to the editors and readers of Phi Delta Kappan for comments on an early version of Chapter 2, “The Psychology of War.”
For reading and commenting on several chapters or outlines, I thank Liora Bresler, Randall Curren, Harvey Siegel, and Steve Thornton. Conversations with Steve and with Lynda Stone were also helpful.
I also thank Philip Laughlin, Helen Greenberg, and Helen Wheeler at Cambridge University Press for their continued interest and admirable efficiency.
As usual – and always – thanks go to my students, children, grandchildren, and husband, from whom I continue to learn about issues on which our best critical thinking is required.