Journal of Thought

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer

A Destructive Dialectic: The Menace of Egalitarianism and Self-Esteem
Vital segments of our education system have fallen into the hands of people who joyfully and militantly proclaim their hostility to intellect and their eagerness to identify with children who show the least intellectual promise --Richard Hofstadter,...
Against Interpretation
Introduction In classrooms today, teachers spend an inordinate amount of time as observers of students rather than simply being in relation with them. Observing and then interpreting behavior seems to be the widely accepted path for informing...
A Good Idea Gone Awry: A Comparative Study of Jefferson's Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge and Bush's No Child Left Behind Act
Introduction When it comes to analysis of trends and policies, educational historians have advantages over other educators. Educational history, as described by David Tyack and Larry Cuban, "provides a generous time frame for appraising reforms....
Editor's Introduction: Who Are Our Contemporary Gadflies?
Socrates is well known for being an intellectual gadfly, questioning many popular or unpopular ideas that were unreflectively assumed by the masses or individuals to be true. He is often viewed as eroding confidence in a host of cherished beliefs,...
Organizing Curriculum Based upon Constructivism: What to Teach and What Not To
Introduction Knowledge is a personal, inner state of abstraction that is drawn directly through meaning-making of our experiences in real-life situations. Personal interactions with objects of knowledge lead the knowledge seeker to become acquainted...
Probability, Decision Theory, and a Curricular Approach to Developing Good Thinking
Introduction Education is most assuredly a social phenomenon. But it is what happens to individuals that makes education what it is. The development and betterment of the individual is the proper focus of educational (as opposed to schooling...
Qualities of Democracy: Links to Democratic Leadership
Introduction For the school principal, recent trends--such as increasing student diversity, achievement disparities, democratic schooling, and accountability testing--have created a perfect storm, one that promotes research, reflection, and dialogue....
Situating History So It Counts: Learning from Education History's Shift toward Marginalization in U.S. Teacher Education
Introduction In the 1970s, education scholars were compelled to argue education history's virtues to the teacher education enterprise, asserting for example that teachers should play important roles in the formation of education policy and so...
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