VIEW A SAMPLE OF ITEM
including: Table of Contents, overviews and selected pages.

Educational Fads (Acrobat PDF 700KB) SAMPLE

Get Adobe Reader

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE BELOW

Educational Fads

Author: Linda Elder and Richard Paul
Publisher: Foundation for Critical Thinking
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 51/4" x 8"
ISBN (10Digit): 0-944583-34-2
ISBN (13Digit): 978-0-944583-34-0


Also available through these e-book retailers:


iBooks Version


Kindle Version


Educational institutions can license this publication electronically. Faculty and administrators - click here to learn more or to purchase licensing rights.


Limited desk copies available for educators in paper format. Please email cct@criticalthinking to inquire.


The history of education is also the history of educational panaceas, the comings, and goings of quick fixes for deep-seated educational problems. This old problem is dramatically on the increase. The result is intensifying fragmentation of energy and effort in the schools, together with a significant waste of time and money. Education will never be improved by educational fads and the manner in which educational trends are marketed guarantees that they will be transformed into fads. In this guide, we briefly critique many of the current educational trends and fads. We focus on making the basic idea behind each of these fads intelligible so that its proper use — and likely misuse —can be taken into account.

For orders of 500 or more copies, please email us at cct@criticalthinking.org for special pricing. 

Retail Price: $19.99

$14.99



SKU: Title - Item Detail Price Add Items
583M A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Educational Fads Qty.

Additional Information About:
Educational Fads

Why An Educational Fads Thinker's Guide?

Most people are overwhelmed by the sheer mass of educational fads. Most educators feel pulled in a variety of directions by them. Some become passionate devotees of one of the fads at the expense of substantive education. And virtually all educational trends with any substance are transformed into fads by a flawed or superficial understanding of the basic idea behind the trend combined with a non-substantive concept of education to begin with. 

Most educational trends or fads originate in reasonable ideas. All reasonable ideas about education enhance instruction when integrated into a substantive concept of education. They fail when imposed upon instruction through a non-substantive, fragmented conception of education, which is unfortunately typically the case in schooling today. In this guide, we briefly critique many of the current educational trends and fads. Our goal is to make the basic idea behind each of these fads intelligible so that its proper use — and likely misuse — can be taken into account. It is our aim to provide the reader with key questions to be raised in discussing these ideas. Each trend or fad is commented upon in three ways:

  • the essential idea behind the trend or fad,
  • the proper educational use (when integrated into a substantive concept of education), and 
  • the likely misuse (when the idea is unreasonably applied).

It It is time to recognize that education will never be improved by educational fads, and that the manner in which educational trends are marketed guarantees that they will be transformed into fads. Fads by their nature are fated to self-destruction. Parents, educators, and citizen activists need to understand the problem of educational fads so that they can effectively distinguish substantive efforts at educational reform from superficial ones.

Our goal is to provide a foundation that can be used to put all educational trends/fads into immediate perspective, making it possible for interested persons to grasp the essential idea and understand the potential use and misuse of that idea. With these understandings one can make sense of discussions of educational reform issues. One can then formulate the relevant and substantial questions and seek the answers one deserves.

Contents Include:

  • Educational Fads
  • Substantive and Non-Substantive Concepts of Education
  • A Substantive Concept of Education (The Educated Person)
  • A Substantive Concept of Education (The Educational Process)
  • Fixing the Schools (Substantively)
  • Attaining Substantive Education
  • Educational Fads & Trends
  • Alignment
  • Assessment
  • Authentic Pedagogy & Assessment
  • Block Scheduling
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Brain-Based Teaching & Learning
  • Character Education
  • Charter Schools
  • Choice (Vouchers & Privatization)
  • Constructivism
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Core Knowledge
  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Didactic Teaching
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Feminist & Gender Issues
  • Gifted Education
  • Global Education
  • Inquiry-Based Teaching
  • Intelligence
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Learning Styles
  • Multiculturalism
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Outcome-Based Education (or Standards-Based Education)
  • Phonics vs. Whole Language
  • Portfolio-Based or Alternative Assessment
  • Problem Solving
  • “Raise the Standards” Movement
  • Restructuring Schools Movement
  • School-Based Management
  • School Choice
  • School-to-Work Movement
  • Self-Esteem Movement
  • Socratic Questioning
  • Teaching For Understanding
  • Thematic Curriculum