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Out of Our Minds: Turning the Tide of Anti-Intellectualism in American Schools (2nd ed.)


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Authors: Craig B. Howley, Ed.D., Aimee Howley, Ph.D., Edwina D. Pendarvis
Product Code: 6007
ISBN: 978-1-61821-600-7
Pages: 336
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This second edition of the often-cited book on anti-intellectualism, Out of Our Minds, focuses on U.S. schools’ failure to care for the intellects and talents of all children, gifted children in particular. The revision comprises nine chapters on these topics:
  • What is intellect and why is it important?;
  • The failure to cultivate intellect in American schooling;
  • Intellectualism and anti-intellectualism among teachers;
  • Families and credentialism;
  • The anti-intellectual university;
  • Anti-intellectual programming for the gifted;
  • Ethics, justice, equality, and intellect;
  • Where an intellectual education might reside; and
  • What an intellectual education might look like.

The authors provocatively examine issues of poverty, racism, and sexism and look at new information on the roles of higher education, media and technology, privatization, families, and the global economy as they pertain to the education of students in American schools.

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Review by: Dara Soljaga & Kari Pawl, Teachers College Record - July 25, 2017
[A] compelling commentary on thought and action that should be required reading for policymakers, educators and stakeholders considering (or reconsidering) the purpose of education . . . Out of Our Minds is a worthy text scrutinizing intellectualism in America from the mainstream to the margin, and from the school to the home.
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