The Lewis connoisseur is likely to recall his opinions on education, expressed in Surprised by Joy, "My First School," "Democratic Education," and, especially, "Screwtape Proposes a Toast." The surprise, however, is exactly how prophetic Jack was in his examination of education, its direction, and the reasons for its direction. My presentation will examine Lewis' view of education in lieu of the cultural shifts of the mid-to-late-twentieth century. Proposals to revise the British and American educational systems such as the Norwood Report of 1943, the Newsom Report in 1963, the Robbins Report of 1963, and even the No Child Left Behind Act at the turn of the century will provide some of the foundation for discussion. The goal will be to outline Lewis' recognition of rising problems in the British educational system, warning society of immanent ramifications in educational focus, socio-political demands, and social equality.
Rhone, Zachary A.
"C.S. Lewis' Warnings on Education,"
Inklings Forever: Published Colloquium Proceedings 1997-2016: Vol. 9, Article 14.
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