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ERIC Number: ED002001
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 16
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HUMAN RELATIONS IN THE CLASSROOM--A CHALLENGE TO TEACHER EDUCATION.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL.
A SURVEY OF A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF 1,075 SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS HAS SHOWN THAT TEACHERS ARE CONFRONTED DAILY IN THEIR CLASSROOMS WITH A WIDE RANGE OF HUMAN RELATIONS PROBLEMS AND SITUATIONS. DECIDING HOW TO DISCUSS SUCH A CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT AS DISCRIMINATION WITH MINORITY GROUPS OR DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO SING SONGS SUCH AS "OLD BLACK JOE" OR MENTION STORIES SUCH AS "LITTLE BLACK SAMBO" ARE PROBLEMS WHICH TEACHERS ENCOUNTER WHEN WORKING WITH DIFFERENT RACIAL GROUPS. ETHNIC ORIGINS ALSO GIVE RISE TO HUMAN RELATIONS PROBLEMS. EXAMPLES ARE THE DIFFICULTIES ARISING IN DEALING OBJECTIVELY WITH GERMAN STUDENTS WHO HAVE NAZI LEANINGS OR WITH MEXICAN-AMERICANS WHO ARE ON THE DEFENSIVE AND HARBOR FEELINGS OF INFERIORITY. IN TEACHING CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS FAITHS, SUCH SITUATIONS OCCUR AS SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS WITH JEWISH PUPILS PRESENT, TEACHING HEALTH EDUCATION TO CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS, AND TAKING CATHOLIC STUDENTS ON FIELD TRIPS TO PROTESTANT CHURCHES. ANOTHER SERIOUS PROBLEM RESULTS FROM VARYING SOCIOECONOMIC CLASSES. MANY CASES ARE CITED OF PUPILS FROM SLUM AREAS WHO ARE UNABLE TO PAY FOR THE HIDDEN COSTS OF SCHOOLING SUCH AS TRIPS, SEWING MATERIALS, LUNCH, CLUB ACTIVITIES, AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLOTHING. PHYSICAL HANDICAPS, EMOTIONAL MALADJUSTMENT, SOCIAL IMMATURITY, AND NON-ENGLISH-SPEAKING PARENTS RESULT IN OTHER HUMAN RELATIONS PROBLEMS. THE ANSWERS RECEIVED ON THE SURVEY INDICATE THAT COLLEGE COURSES TEND TO NEGLECT THE TEACHING OF HUMAN RELATIONS INFORMATION, VALUES, AND ATTITUDES SO THAT SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE INADEQUATELY PREPARED TO DEAL WITH SITUATIONS THAT ARISE IN THE CLASSROOM. FOR THIS REASON, INSERVICE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN HUMAN RELATIONS BECOME AN URGENT NECESSITY.
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Authoring Institution: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)