PLANNING YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION by Charles H. Doebler

PLANNING YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mr. Doebler, the former Director of Admissions at Brown University, wrote Who Gets into College and Why (1965) and this is a much broader-based, broader-gauged survey of education from the early years up, for the readership of say Benjamin Fine although this is not to denigrate Mr. Doebler. And while he says rightfully that ""middle-class. . . has become a term of opprobrium"" and ""conservative. . . [is] almost an insult on our campuses"" they do define his audience. Doebler is not ""parochial"" (an earlier critic) although certainly the independent schools figure co-equally with the public schools in this discussion and all of the book, except for an en passant remark, is removed from the socially concerned critics of education. Thus you will find not Herndon's flak about flax but Mr. Doebler's insistence on the proper teaching of English (the worst taught subject) along with various other aspects of learning, testing, etc., etc. at various levels (the junior high school is the nadir). He also discusses all types of students as well as schools and higher institutions of learning -- whether it's the mixed virtues of enriched programs or career testing or college evaluation before and later (drugs -- he's as lenitive as the President of Brown; radicalism; identity; etc., etc.). This should do very well -- in its simpler and fuller and qualified explanations for the less sophisticated, and therefore usually more ambitious parent who may be impeding rather than planning his child's education.

Pub Date: June 21st, 1971
Publisher: Prentice-Hall