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In the shadows of the Bismarck's totalitarian Germany in 1875, a little-known medical researcher laid the groundwork for a subject that in modern times was to bring American education to its knees--behavioral psychology. A latter-day disciple, B. F. Skinner, later wrote the book "Beyond Freedom and Dignity," arguing that such ancient conceptions as these are luxuries our b In the shadows of the Bismarck's totalitarian Germany in 1875, a little-known medical researcher laid the groundwork for a subject that in modern times was to bring American education to its knees--behavioral psychology. A latter-day disciple, B. F. Skinner, later wrote the book "Beyond Freedom and Dignity," arguing that such ancient conceptions as these are luxuries our brave new world can no longer afford. Another ardent follower--John Dewey, the "Father of American education"--took the new radical German redefinition of education to mean the reprograming of young brains and nervous systems, and applied it to his self-appointed task of creating in America the ideal socialist state. John D. Rockefeller, for purposes of his own, bankrolled what was in effect a hostile take-over of our educational establishment. "The Leipzig Connection" is a startling account of how and why these things came about. It lays out in concise detail the story of the development of the educational malaise which we have unknowingly dropped our children into, explaining not only declining SAT scores and the phenomenon of high school graduates who are barely literate, but also symptoms even more sinister: violence, prostitution and drug dealing in the schools, the self-mutilation of tattooing and body piercing, and teenage suicide.


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In the shadows of the Bismarck's totalitarian Germany in 1875, a little-known medical researcher laid the groundwork for a subject that in modern times was to bring American education to its knees--behavioral psychology. A latter-day disciple, B. F. Skinner, later wrote the book "Beyond Freedom and Dignity," arguing that such ancient conceptions as these are luxuries our b In the shadows of the Bismarck's totalitarian Germany in 1875, a little-known medical researcher laid the groundwork for a subject that in modern times was to bring American education to its knees--behavioral psychology. A latter-day disciple, B. F. Skinner, later wrote the book "Beyond Freedom and Dignity," arguing that such ancient conceptions as these are luxuries our brave new world can no longer afford. Another ardent follower--John Dewey, the "Father of American education"--took the new radical German redefinition of education to mean the reprograming of young brains and nervous systems, and applied it to his self-appointed task of creating in America the ideal socialist state. John D. Rockefeller, for purposes of his own, bankrolled what was in effect a hostile take-over of our educational establishment. "The Leipzig Connection" is a startling account of how and why these things came about. It lays out in concise detail the story of the development of the educational malaise which we have unknowingly dropped our children into, explaining not only declining SAT scores and the phenomenon of high school graduates who are barely literate, but also symptoms even more sinister: violence, prostitution and drug dealing in the schools, the self-mutilation of tattooing and body piercing, and teenage suicide.

30 review for Leipzig Connection (Basics in Education)

  1. 4 out of 5

    ELB

    A short little book that traces the Dumbing Down of Americans from the Psychology schools founded by Wundt in Germany to the Father of American Education, John Dewey. Also, tells the story of the John D. Rockefeller's philanthropic decision to fund education in order to recieve respect and admiration. This book is not much for details, just mostly names of different players that turned the American Education system from teaching 3 Rs, Reading,Writing, and Arithmetic, to social brainwashing. The A short little book that traces the Dumbing Down of Americans from the Psychology schools founded by Wundt in Germany to the Father of American Education, John Dewey. Also, tells the story of the John D. Rockefeller's philanthropic decision to fund education in order to recieve respect and admiration. This book is not much for details, just mostly names of different players that turned the American Education system from teaching 3 Rs, Reading,Writing, and Arithmetic, to social brainwashing. The fool has said in his heart. There is no God! Ps 14:1

  2. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    Really interesting book about the merger of psychology and education. However, a caveat. When I went to the publishers website, www.heronbooks.com, I saw some instructional books based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard of Dianetics fame. Sooo, that being said, a caution when reading this. Its worth checking out the bibliography though. Really interesting book about the merger of psychology and education. However, a caveat. When I went to the publishers website, www.heronbooks.com, I saw some instructional books based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard of Dianetics fame. Sooo, that being said, a caution when reading this. Its worth checking out the bibliography though.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I wish it was more about what they did instead of name dropping.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    As far as I can tell, the book is pulling together the argument that U.S. education went to Hell because the application of experimental psychology to pedagogy got multi-million dollar blessings from Rockefeller's and others' philanthropic efforts. Even earlier than the key players of this pointed inquiry, the ultimate seed of the problem is Rousseau's putting Man as subservient to Nature, which led to studies of humanity as reactive animals and experiments on rats the results of which were appl As far as I can tell, the book is pulling together the argument that U.S. education went to Hell because the application of experimental psychology to pedagogy got multi-million dollar blessings from Rockefeller's and others' philanthropic efforts. Even earlier than the key players of this pointed inquiry, the ultimate seed of the problem is Rousseau's putting Man as subservient to Nature, which led to studies of humanity as reactive animals and experiments on rats the results of which were applied to people. The authors contend that "compulsory universal government psychotherapy is not education" and advocate an "educational renaissance." (To, I believe, concepts and methods of pre-psychology, traditional humanist educators and philosophers.) The book is brief, easy to read, and full of citations for further study.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marie Brandt

    I first heard about this book from watching a documentary presented by Charlotte Iserbyte on 'The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America'. This book in itself is a great introductory study on how and why the American education system is producing a nation of illiterate and morally relativistic people who lack motivation and are without the love of learning. I would have personally loved the book to be a little longer and have gone into more detail on some of the subjects discussed, but all in all it I first heard about this book from watching a documentary presented by Charlotte Iserbyte on 'The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America'. This book in itself is a great introductory study on how and why the American education system is producing a nation of illiterate and morally relativistic people who lack motivation and are without the love of learning. I would have personally loved the book to be a little longer and have gone into more detail on some of the subjects discussed, but all in all it is well worth a read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Drake

    An introduction to the people and theories that have shaped modern education. If you want to better understand how we got where we are, (illiterate in reading, writing, and math, morally relativistic, materialistic, and uneducated) this book is worth the read. Covers Wilhelm Wundt, father of behavioralist psychology, and the many who followed him (Dewey, Skinner, Piaget, Thorndike), as well as the influence of Rockefeller on education.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vinicius

    Brief and simple, this book is a startling chronological depiction of the German school of thought based on Hegel and Wundt and how such thought and their followers have come to shape American public policy on education and medicine

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janette

    This really explains how the Edu. System is right now in America. As a future teacher we need to think how public schools are, students are not animals that can be conditioned, they are critical beings that needs to be taught how to be critical and thus not conform!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Slack

    A great introduction to the infiltration of humanistic psychology into our educational system.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris Robideaux

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    Jure Godler

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    Chris Warns

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    Kathleen

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    Aparna Bakhle

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    Adam Whitworth

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    MaryJane Long

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    Devon Johnson

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    Tony Wolfe

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