The End of the Rainbow

The End of the Rainbow

How Educating for Happiness Not Money Would Transform Our Schools

Book - 2015
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"Amid the hype of Race to the Top, online experiments such as Khan Academy, and bestselling books like The Sandbox Investment, we seem to have drawn a line that leads from nursery school along a purely economic route, with money as the final stop. But what price do we all pay for the increasingly singular focus on wage as the outcome of education? Susan Engel, a leading psychologist and educator, argues that this economic framework has had a profound impact not only on the way we think about education but also on what happens inside school buildings. The End of the Rainbow asks what would happen if we changed the implicit goal of education and imagines how different things would be if we made happiness, rather than money, the graduation prize. Drawing on psychology, education theory, and a broad range of classroom experiences across the country, Engel offers a fascinating alternative view of what education might become: teaching children to read books for pleasure and self-expansion and encouraging collaboration. All of these new skills, she argues, would not only cultivate future success in the world of work but also would make society as a whole a better, happier place. Accessible to parents and teachers alike, The End of the Rainbow will be the beginning of a new, more vibrant public conversation about what the future of American education should look like. "--
Published: New York :, The New Press,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781595589545
Branch Call Number: 370.1 ENG
Characteristics: xi, 223 pages ;,22 cm


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Mar 16, 2015

This is one brilliant book by one brilliant lady! Although I have yet to read the entire book, I have read several chapters online and heard the author in an interview, which displayed some truly incredible insights into REAL education. The points she makes are as elegantly logical as they are cogently realistic! A love of learning; a love for learning, independent thinking and analytical thinking, should be the foundation for the lives of everyone! Any student of the history of technology will know that some seriously progressive people were responsible for the bulk of our civilization today, especially on the scientific and technical sides, and the straight-laced, neocon or conservatives do not push the envelope of humanity.


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