Over Schooled But Under Educated – Why treat adolescence as a disease.

How We Got to Where We Are

  • In the middle chapters, the authors present an engaging history of education from Greek and Roman times to today from an English perspective with reference to American efforts. As an American, I found this a fascinating quick read. They take us through a era of apprenticeships where adolescents learned a craft and adult social behavior directly in an adult work environment to the industrial age where youth are sent to do repetitive factory work for very low wages. This helps explain why teens were eager to leave the factories and head off to fight during World War I. We learn of the role of Sunday Schools and Public schools where the well to do paid for their children to learn the classics.
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