It is widely agreed that education should involve the development of understanding, critical thinking, imagination, and emotions. However, this book, first published in 1990, argues that our views to these key concepts are confused and inaccurate, and therefore what we do in schools is generally inappropriate to our ideal. This book will be of interest to students of education and philosophy.

chapter 1|15 pages

The Ideal and the Reality

chapter 2|14 pages

Six Erroneous Assumptions

chapter 3|35 pages

Giftedness: A Cautionary Tale

chapter 4|21 pages

Intellectual Qualities

chapter 5|31 pages

Imagination and Creativity

chapter 6|14 pages

Interpersonal skills and values

chapter 7|17 pages

Curriculum Content

chapter 8|23 pages

Pedagogical Points