Republic Of Noise: The Loss Of Solitude In Schools And Culture by Diana SenechalRepublic Of Noise: The Loss Of Solitude In Schools And Culture by Diana Senechal

Republic Of Noise: The Loss Of Solitude In Schools And Culture

byDiana Senechal

Paperback | March 12, 2014

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In Republic of Noise, Diana Senechal confronts a culture that has come to depend on instant updates and communication at the expense of solitude. Where once it was common wisdom that the chatter of the present, about the present, could not always grasp the present, today we treat 'real time' as though it were the only real time. Schools emphasize rapid group work and fragmented activity, not the thoughtful study of complex subjects. The Internet offers contact with others throughout the day and night; we lose the ability to be apart, even in our minds. Yet solitude does not vanish; it is part of every life. It plays an essential role in literature, education, democracy, relationships, and matters of conscience. Throughout its analyses and argument, the book calls not for drastic changes but for a subtle shift: an attitude that honors solitude without descending into dogma. Outspoken, lyrical, and unassuming, Senechal's book dismantles the "groupthink" that pervades our lives.
Diana Senechal holds a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from Yale; her translations of the Lithuanian poetry of Tomas Venclova have appeared in two books, Winter Dialogue and The Junction. A former New York City public school teacher, she has written for numerous education blogs and magazines.
Title:Republic Of Noise: The Loss Of Solitude In Schools And CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 8.98 × 6.16 × 0.79 inPublished:March 12, 2014Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction: The Chatter of the Present Chapter 3 Definitions of Solitude Chapter 4 Distraction: The Flip Side of Engagement Chapter 5 Antigone: Literature as ìThinking Apartî Chapter 6 The Workshop Model in New York City Chapter 7 The Folly of the ìBig Ideaî Chapter 8 The Cult of Success Chapter 9 Mass Personalization and the ìUnderground Manî Chapter 10 The Need for Loneliness Chapter 11 The Practice of Solitude Chapter 12 Discernment and the Public Sphere Chapter 13 Conclusion: Setting up Shop Chapter 14 Bibliography Chapter 15 About the Author Chapter 16 Index

Editorial Reviews

In this remarkable book, Senechal weaves together her experiences as a public school teacher in New York city, a masterful review of the policies and politics of so-called reform in curriculum over the past several decades, a diagnosis of the condition of frantic distraction in society at large, and a detailed evocation of western traditions of the contemplative life and productive solitude. in the din of contemporary books decrying our hopped-up, hyped-up, wired, Attention-Deficit-Disordered culture, Senechal's book stands out for its erudition and quiet wisdom. It's one of the most inspiring books I've read all yearRepublic of Noise is a rare achievement, bringing a deeply schooled intelligence to bear upon the pains and follies of contemporary education. Senechal writes elegant prose, a fitting instrument for the vision she presents. Here is an author and a teacher who shows us what it is like, and why it matters, "to recognize other minds".