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Education and Its Discontents : Teaching, the Humanities, and the Importance of a Liberal Education in the Age of Mass Information

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Education and Its Discontents: Teaching, the Humanities, and the Importance of a Liberal Education in the Age of Mass Information, by Mark Moss, is an exploration of how the traditional educational environment, particularly in the post-secondary world, is changing as a consequence of the influx of new technology. Students now have access to myriad of technologies that instead of supplementing the educational process, have actually taken it over. Faculty who do not adapt face enormous obstacles, and those who do adapt run the risk of eroding the integrity of what they have been trained to teach. Moss discusses that it is now not only how we learn, but what we continue to teach, and how that enormously important legacy is protected.show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 16mm | 320g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739184180
  • 9780739184189

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Among the many studies that have investigated the crisis of the humanities and liberal education in the past two decades, none is more comprehensive, well-researched, incisive, or elegantly presented than Mark H. Moss's Education and its Discontents. One by one, Moss takes up the causes of the demise; from the enormous social and governmental demands placed upon universities and the "corporate" response to deal with them, to the massive proliferation of distracting electronic devices, to "feel good" teaching and learning that lacks rigor and accountability, Moss examines each factor, his argument gathering overwhelming momentum. Without knowledge of the principal books in the canon, argues Moss, students lack the intellectual experience that enables them to make independent judgments of merit, taste, and morality. -- John Paul Russo, author of The Future without a Past: The Humanities in a Technological Today, people are born into two universes-the real and the virtual. As the 1999 movie The Matrix brought out, people today are born twice, biologically and technologically. The implications of this paradigm shift are enormous, touching upon every aspect of human cognitive, social, and emotional life. Education in particular is changing almost daily because of this shift in human civilization. Moss's book looks at the implications in a remarkably clear yet highly insightful way. His understanding of the shift is deep and reflective. This is required reading for social scientists, educators, and anyone worried or apprehensive of how education, nay, civilization, is evolving. -- Marcel Danesi, University of Torontoshow more

About Mark Moss

Mark Moss received his doctorate in history of education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Currently, he is a writer and consultant living in Toronto. This is his fifth book.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter One: Black Board Jungles Chapter 3 Chapter Two: That's Just Too Much Information Chapter 4 Chapter Three: "It Isn't What It Used To Be" Chapter 5 Chapter Four: Streaming Video? Chapter 6 Chapter Five: The Sanctity of the Educational Space Chapter 7 Chapter Six: "What, No Overhead?" Chapter 8 Chapter Seven: Rethinking Censorship in an Age of Desensitization Chapter 9 Chapter Eight: "Where Do I Go? Why Am I Here?" Chapter 10 Chapter Nine: Selected Notes on the History of Higher Education Chapter 11 Chapter Ten: High School Confidential Chapter 12 Chapter Eleven: Why Computers and Web-Based Technology are Good Chapter 13 Conclusionshow more

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