270 pp., 6.125 x 9.25
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4485-4
Published: August 1994
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1963-7
Published: August 2016
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About the Author
Peter N. Stearns is Heinz Professor of History and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. His many books include European Society in Upheaval and Jealousy: The Evolution of an Emotion in American History.
For more information about Peter N. Stearns, visit the Author Page.
"A scholarly but accessible and thoughtful contribution to the ongoing debate on alternative futures for humanities education."--Booklist
"Succeeding on a macro-educational scale, Stearns has written a blueprint for the kinds of changes needed in the teaching of history and the humanities. This book demands a wide, national audience; it should be a spark for productive critical debate, and ultimately for reform, at all levels of teaching."--Robert Blackey, coauthor of Revolution and the Revolutionary Ideal
"Peter Stearns offers a thoughtful attempt to find a middle ground between the 'traditionalists' and the 'radicals' in the teaching of the humanities. The book, which embodies both his intellectual range as a scholar and his long experience in the classroom, should especially appeal to the many teachers and parents who share his commitment to sanity and balance in education."--Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, author of Feminism Without Illusions: A Critique of Individualism
"Stearns argues cogently for a new stance that would replace memorization of plot lines and lists of names and events with instruction that teaches students how societies function and change. . . . A significant and provocative argument about a topic of current interest and enduring import."--Choice