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The Loss of Solitude in Schools and Culture

Hour 2: How is our always-on, never-out-of touch society affecting school kids and the world they will eventually enter as adults? We’ll spend this hour with Diana Senechal, who will receive the Hiett Prize in Humanities and deliver the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture 2011 Hiett Prize Lecture on Wednesday. Her forthcoming book on the subject is “Republic of Noise: The Loss of Solitude in Schools and Culture” (R&L Education, 2011).

  • M Tyler Knowles

    Her comments are so thoughtful. Would that all teachers considered their role in the classroom and the impact of different choices they make (workshop, discussion, lecture, quiet reflection) on their students. Her focus on not dumbing down the curriculum, of having students engaged over the long-run with a subject even though at times it can be confusing or even boring is so important. Clearly, Diana both supports and challenges her students. Lucky they! My sense is that this book is going to be a very important contribution to educational theory and practice. 

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