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Educating angels : teaching for the pursuit of happiness

Author: Anthony Armstrong
Publisher: Marion, Michigan : Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, Inc., 2013.
Series: Our national conversation, vol. 15.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"School reform and accountability tests have been hotly debated for decades, but the goal of reform and accountability has not. Most agree that the main problem with contemporary education is that it fails to adequately prepare students with the "21st century skills" needed to find jobs and promote national competitiveness in the global economy. Tony Armstrong challenges both the morality and the consequences of
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Armstrong
ISBN: 9781624910135 1624910130
OCLC Number: 858246151
Description: 207 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: An education worthy of angels --
The purpose of liberal education --
The nature of happiness --
Sources of happiness --
Empowering the pursuit of happiness --
Fostering appreciation --
Philosophy --
Higher education --
Transformation.
Series Title: Our national conversation, vol. 15.
Responsibility: Anthony Armstrong.

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"School reform and accountability tests have been hotly debated for decades, but the goal of reform and accountability has not. Most agree that the main problem with contemporary education is that it fails to adequately prepare students with the "21st century skills" needed to find jobs and promote national competitiveness in the global economy. Tony Armstrong challenges both the morality and the consequences of pushing this purpose of education. He says it is immoral because it neglects our children's deepest aspiration--happiness--and treats them as mere cogs in the economic machine. Dr. Armstrong shows how methods of well-being based on happiness research--mindfulness, gratitude, perspective--can greatly improve kids' chances to feel better in the present and to live happier lives in the future. And the kindergarten-through-college "happiness pedagogy" he presents would also be a superior way to teach those "21st century skills.""--

"This book explores what is unique about education (including socialization) in the United States of America, especially how current trends in education theory relate to the phrase "the pursuit of happiness" in our nation's founding documents and in our national psyche throughout our national history"--

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