Young Lives at Stake: The Education of Adolescents

Young Lives at Stake: The Education of Adolescents

Young Lives at Stake: The Education of Adolescents

Young Lives at Stake: The Education of Adolescents

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A young friend of mine had a disturbing experience in his early twenties. He remembered nothing of his childhood, but wherever he went, if he crossed a street, for instance, he felt there was a small child following behind him, weeping. I have something of the same feelings about Young Lives at Stake. Having now taught for a year in the United States, and with the prospect of a year's study and development work in American schools, I am thinking today in terms of American needs. This is a book I wrote a while ago, and in another country. Yet when American teachers, students and administrators suggest to me that it could be useful over here I think they may be right.

It is certainly different in intention from much contemporary American literature advocating radical educational reform. Books and articles are usually of one of three kinds: they provide perspicacious analyses of what is wrong with American schools, they offer appreciative narrative of visits to innovative schools, or they give personal witness of what a dedicated teacher can achieve. They say, "Don't do this. It is evil, and for these reasons," or "I saw this. It was splendid," or "I did this. In spite of these mistakes which I made it was marvelously rewarding."

Considered diatribe, delighted description and authentic autobiography are all absorbing to read, and are much needed. But I think there is also a place in the world's movement towards reform and survival for a few books like Young Lives. In writing it I was trying to provide sustained theoretical argument in favour of radical reform of every aspect of schooling, and to show how education based on humane . . .

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