Your Name Professor Name Class Name Date Responses to Neil Postman’s "The End of Education" After reading the very first chapter of author, Neil Postman’s progressive thoughts in The End of Education, the reader understands at once that the author has a unique approach to previous and present ways of schooling children. Not only is it unique, but by some standards damning- perhaps rightfully so. Postman quickly brings to light what is wrong with the American Educational system yet does not offer a solution in regards to fixing it. The author quotes Nietzsche by saying “He who has a Why to live can bear with almost any How” (Postman 4). Postman adds to Nietzsche’s view by stating: “There is no sure way to bring an end to schooling than for...The end:
.....bad, but the way we use it, or the reliance upon it that is dangerous. Listing ten principles, with advantages and disadvantages, Postman demonstrates the unusual dilemma that the computer presents to the educational process. Postman demands the human teacher as facilitator of knowledge, and the use of the computer as tool, not be all and end all. Postman’s End of Education is remarkable in its breadth and depth. It is a carefully crafted, if at times a bit too subjective view of how society is impacted by the educational process. It remains some decade and a half after its initial publication as important as ever. Work Cited: Postman, Neil. The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School. 1996. Reprint. New York: Vintage, 1996. Print.