Howard Zinn on Democratic Education

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Howard Zinn on Democratic Education describes what is missing from school textbooks and in classrooms—and how we move beyond these deficiencies to improve student education. Critical skills of citizenship are insufficiently developed in schools, according to Zinn. Textbooks and curricula must be changed to transcend the recitation of received wisdom too common today in our schools. In these respects, recent Bush Administration and educational policies of most previous presidents have been on the wrong track in meeting educational needs. This book seeks to redefine national goals at a time when public debates over education have never been more polarized—nor higher in public visibility and contentious debate. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by Paradigm Publishers, 2008.

Table of Contents

1) Apparatus of Lies USA: Introduction by Donaldo Macedo • p. 1

2) Schools and the Manufacture of Mass Deception: A Dialogue • p. 27

3) A People’s History of the United States • p. 67

4) How Free Is Higher Education? • p. 87

5) Columbus and Western Civilization • p. 97

6) Grey Matters Interviews Howard Zinn • p. 123

7) Being Left: Growing Up Class-Conscious • p. 137

8) What Bush’s War on Terror Is All About • p. 157

9) The Diverted Left • p. 163

10) A Campaign without Class • p. 167

11) Federal Bureau of Intimidation 175

12) Why Students Should Study History: An Interview • p. 187

Index • p. 201

About the Authors 213