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Inspired by Neil Postman's great book The End of Education, this lesson will allow students to answer a very difficult question: Why do we educate? That is, why do kids go to school? What's the point of it? Through discussions in small groups, the quick creation of a small group poster, and a journal entry, students will finally get to answer the question they may ask themselves every time they wake up for school, or sit bored in class.


  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Writing
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


reading writing journal writing the end of education neil postman



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-03-27.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is a detailed lesson plan of an interactive activity post spring break designed to get students to understand that school helps us build important skills that we’ll use for the rest of our lives. Students brainstorm, discuss, create posters, make presentations and journal. Students exit with 5 words or reasons why they read and/or don’t read. The activity asks provocative questions and elicits critical thinking

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