We will soon see complete revisions of educational theory. We all know something's gone wrong.
Do you believe that education begins in the family? That the mother is the best and most important educator in a child's life? Should schools emulate nurturing families? Is preparation for the job market an important aim of education? Does this diagram make any sense to you?
It's from The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing by Mark McGurl. This is a book that aims to change things. It is not merely descriptive. He has had to invent new vocabulary and definitions to make his arguments. He finds and restores sources, too.
Naming things in new territory is difficult and leads to a certain confusion and clumsiness. It seems smoother and better to just trot out the old cliches when it comes to education. The ramifications of what he says extend into so much more than the creative writing programs he describes.
More to come, as I proceed through the book.