Neil Postman: Educator

“Neil Postman (1931 — 2003) was an American critic and educator. Postman received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Fredonia and his M.A. and Ed.D. from Columbia University. He was the Paulette Goddard Chair of Media Ecology at New York University and chair of the Department of Culture and Communication. His pedagogical and scholarly interests included media and education, as can be seen in many of his seventeen books, including Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), Conscientious Objections (1988), Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (1992), and End of Education (1995). Postman died in 2003 of lung cancer.”

See, Neil Postman.org.

 

The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School, by Neil Postman, 1996.

“Postman suggests that the current crisis in our educational system derives from its failure to supply students with a translucent, unifying “narrative” like those that inspired earlier generations. Instead, today’s schools promote the false “gods” of economic utility, consumerism, or ethnic separatism and resentment.  What alternative strategies can we use to instill our children with a sense of global citizenship, healthy intellectual skepticism, respect of America’s traditions, and appreciation of its diversity?  In answering this question, The End of Education restores meaning and common sense to the arena in which they are most urgently needed.

See, Random House, Inc., The End of Education.

For a detailed review, see Harvard Educational Review: The End of Education.  (Review by Bradley A. Levinson, Harvard Educational Review, Winter 1996)