The Closing of the American Heart
Don Closson — Every once in a while a book is written that shakes things
up. The Closing of the American Mind, written by the now-deceased
University of Chicago professor Allan Bloom in the late 1980s, was just such a
book. You can tell that a book strikes a sensitive societal chord when numerous
books follow with similar titles. Some experts hated it, others loved it. And
it seemed that everyone was talking about it. What made this book so
interesting was that it was written for a very small audience of academicians,
and yet it attracted the attention of millions and became a bestseller. Even
more amazing, it’s a book about education.
Dr. Bloom’s book reignited a long and important discussion
about the content and purpose of education. Here at Probe, we felt that both
the book and the topic it discussed were so important that we needed to add to
the conversation with a book of our own. The result was a book titled The
Closing of the American Heart. We asked Dr. Ronald Nash, also now deceased,
who taught philosophy at the University of Kentucky, to write it for us. I had
the privilege of providing some of the research for the book.
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|MEET THE AUTHOR
"Education is a remarkably political enterprise. Almost every aspect of it has been debated in the public square and like all other political topics it can stir up our emotions. As a public school principal I personally experienced the heat generated by these hotly contended topics. This week’s program portrays the views of two learned men who agree on some of the problems facing education in America, but present very different solutions."
Don Closson is Director of Administration and research associate for Probe. He has a B.S. in education and an M.S. in educational administration, and the M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining Probe, Don served as a public school teacher and administrator.
Grading America's Schools
A former professional educator, Don Closson provides an insider's overview of the problems facing America's public school system.
Education Beyond the Classroom
A significant portion of a
child's education takes place beyond a formal classroom. Jerry Solomon encourages parents
to give attention to what their children hear, read,
and see. The "curriculum" often includes naturalism, hedonism,
syncretism, pragmatism, existentialism, and postmodernism.
Sensitive parents will encourage their children to recognize these
ideas and respond by thinking God's thoughts after Him.
Why is the American educational
system producing such poorly-educated students? The philosophy of
the educators who determine what is to be taught and how, is to
blame. Don looks at some of the concepts in educator E.D.
Hirsch's book The Schools We Need.
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