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My New Book about Education
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My New Book about Education

It's called Twenty First Century Auschwitz and it's available in paperback and kindle editions on Amazon.com.

I've named it Auschwitz because school is a concentration camp - it's a brainwashing facility designed to create perfect citizens who don't even know how to flip burgers when they come out!
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09-19-2013 02:29 AM
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RE: My New Book about Education

Welcome Of course, welcome here.

It's nice to see someone has actually written a book which tackles the bowels of American education. Perhaps this will become widespread like, say, Lies My Teacher Told Me.

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My New Book about Education

Interesting. In addition to buying your book, what kind of help are you looking for?

Around here, one of the biggest problems is that a lot of people think change can't happen anytime soon. I've found a lot of examples that show that change is possible, and I think a lot of people are realizing the factory-model of education needs to change. One of the biggest roadblocks I see is how existing educators, administrators, and even students think about the "comply-or-defy" factory model as the only way to do things.

Fortunately, there are a growing number of alternatives.

Have you seen Nikhil's book? http://nikhilgoyal.me/book/

And... Dunjen's site? http://whatisschoolgoodfor.com/

And... if you want to dig through a bunch of walls of text, here's one thread related to this big, knotty problem called factory model schooling:

The Jeff Bliss incident

It helps a lot that there are a growing number of examples of people saying "there's a problem here..."

The question I see is how to go from that... and people continuing to share their stories... to being able to initiate conversations about change within particular schools, families, and even people's own personal learning processes.

Ultimately, the challenge remains of how people figure out life, and learn, using the explosion of resources and ways for connecting with mentors, interesting work, and so on, without always needing that piece of paper. One of my goals is figuring out how to develop better maps to all the resources and options that are out there.

What are your plans for what to do next?

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RE: My New Book about Education

I hope so too. Thank you Smile

(09-19-2013 09:14 AM)Hansgrohe Wrote:  Welcome Of course, welcome here.

It's nice to see someone has actually written a book which tackles the bowels of American education. Perhaps this will become widespread like, say, Lies My Teacher Told Me.
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No "I'll pirate it" option?

Hmm. I'll have to give the two available options some thought.
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Soon as I get my tablet, I'm installing the Kindle app and gonna go on an anti-school book buying spree. I'll start with this one. Smile

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There's a preview available on Amazon.

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Thank you SoulRiser! It's an honor.
However, I recommend the paperback because the formatting for the kindle edition is off Biggrin



(10-17-2013 03:49 AM)SoulRiser Wrote:  Soon as I get my tablet, I'm installing the Kindle app and gonna go on an anti-school book buying spree. I'll start with this one. Smile
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meh, shipping to South Africa is a bitch though. How bad is the formatting? As long as it's legible I don't care. Razz

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I haven't looked at it in awhile but it's legible although a tad annoying lol
I might fix it in the future if it's really a pain

(10-20-2013 09:01 PM)SoulRiser Wrote:  meh, shipping to South Africa is a bitch though. How bad is the formatting? As long as it's legible I don't care. Razz
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