Book DescriptionObsessed with answers, we have lost sight of the power and value of questions. Debates over globalization, climate change, health care, and poverty will not be “solved” with simple answers, but that's what Americans are being trained to expect. Andrea Batista Schlesinger argues that we're besieged by cultural forces that urge us to avoid critical thinking and independent analysis. The media reduces politics to a spectator sport, standardized tests teach students to fill in the dots instead of opening their minds, and even the Internet promotes habits that discourage looking deeper.
But the situation isn't hopeless. Schlesinger profiles individuals and institutions renewing the practice of inquiry—particularly in America's youth—at a time when our society demands such activity from us all. Our resilience will depend on our ability to struggle with what we don't know, to live and think outside comfortable bubbles of sameness, and, ultimately, to ask questions.
Table of Contents
- Cover Page
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Introduction: Questions and Power
Part I: Culture: Questions or Answers?
- 1: Inquiry Is Risky, Resilience Is the Reward, and Other Lessons from Childhood
- 2: Ideological Segregation by Click and by Clique
- 3: Consuming Opinion
- 4: In Google We Trust
Part II: Schools: Citizens or Consumers?
- Financial Literacy in the Schools
- 5: The Three Rs and a Why
- 6: No Piggy Bank Left Behind
- 7: Questioning the System, or Beating It?
- 8: The Marxist, Anti-American Conspiracy to Convert Young People to Engaged Citizenship
Part III: Politics: Engaged or Connected?
- 9: Black and White and Dead All Over
- 10: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Youth?
- 11: Lights, Camera, Debate!
- Conclusion: A Call for Slow Democracy
- About the Author
- About Berrett-Koehler Publishers
- Be Connected
- Title: The Death of "Why?"
- Release date: July 2009
- Publisher(s): Berrett-Koehler Publishers
- ISBN: 9781605091389