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Science  20 Feb 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5917, pp. 1013
DOI: 10.1126/science.1168116

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The Future of Education. Reimagining Our Schools from the Ground Up. By Kieran Egan. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2008. 203 pp. $30. ISBN 9780300110463.

Egan argues that the three principal goals of current education--academic, social, and developmental growth--are fundamentally incompatible and therefore "destined to defeat our best efforts." He proposes a complete overhaul of teaching and the curriculum and presents a speculative account of the next half-century to describe how we might achieve that.