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The Turtle Hypodermic of Sickenpods Liberal Studies in the Corporate Age by David Solway
  

The Turtle Hypodermic of Sickenpods Liberal Studies in the Corporate Age

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The Turtle Hypodermic of Sickenpods Liberal Studies in the Corporate Age by David Solway

A dominant theme that pervades this collection is the status of theory in the educational system. Solway claims that nothing of genuine and productive import comes out of theories. The manifold problems that bedevil the academy cannot be solved, or even rectified, by the usual onslaught of dogmas, reforms, and pseudo-revolutionary postulates that are produced in the misguided attempt to find the single, perfect, pedagogical system. Instead, we must embark on a stringent re-examination of the principles and assumptions on which our culture itself is predicated as reflected in contemporary practice. To do this, we need to develop an accurate killer heuristic to identify and monitor threats to our vocational well-being and effectiveness. This requires courage, a horror of sentimental credulity, and a willingness to learn from those in the educational trenches: the reference librarian should be questioned about the fate of the book, not the academic dean who has seldom read one; the teacher who has weathered innumerable classes should be heard, not the personnel director who is rarely in the building; the department secretary who is about to lose her job should be heeded while a jaundiced eye is turned on the omnipresent school coordinator. In almost every case, Solway believes those who deal directly with students will tell you the truth about what is happening to education while administrators will shuffle and mislead. The essays here are based on information from the trenches as well as from a significant minority of writers on educational and cultural themes. The Turtle Hypodermic of Sickenpods will be must reading for anyone interested in the fate of students and the education system.

Reviews

David Solway is a genius. He has things to say of the utmost significance. The Turtle Hypodermic of Sickenpods is a highly important and timely work that tackles the subject of computers and their impact on the learning process. These are wise, bold words whose sentiments desperately need to be heard and disseminated

W.J. Keith, emeritus, professor of English, University College, University of Toronto


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Book Info

Publication date

12th August 2000

Author

David Solway

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Publisher

McGill-Queen's University Press

Format

Paperback
200 pages

Categories

Ethical & social aspects of IT
Educational psychology
Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)

ISBN

9780773521117

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