Publication Date: June 22, 2005
To devise a theory of education is to address the questions of culture, cultural values and cultural identity formation in the child. In this original study, Robert Mitchell gives us a scholarly overview of cultural education in America’s schools. He demonstrates how the public trust of universal education fails our children and our democracy. He then advocates reframing our concept of education in terms of a sacred trust that teaches the culture of democracy. Turning to the question of the role of the teacher, Mr. Mitchell weaves together anecdotal evidence of a teacher archetype with advanced theories in archetypal psychology. This compelling work breaks new ground to provide us with a refreshingly new and visionary approach to K-12 education.


“The most comprehensive and provocative study of education since Bloom’s, The Closing of the American Mind, and Hirsche’s, Cultural Literacy. A stunning chronicle of the devolution of cultural education in America’s schools, and a bold proposal for fixing the problem.” Bloomsbury Review

“I especially like the way you give historical perspectives and your sophisticated explication of Jung’s concepts. (I agree with your orientation, too.) Bill Crain, Editor, Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice –This text refers to the Paperback edition.