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ERIC Number: ED002456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Sep-14
Pages: 8
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THE URBAN SCHOOL--PURPOSE-PROCESS-PRODUCT.
FANTINI, MARIO D.; WEINSTEIN, GERALD
THE PRESENT PURPOSE OF OUR SCHOOLS IS TO HELP ALL CHILDREN ASSUME MATURE ADULT ROLES, EQUIPPED WITH THOSE ACADEMIC AND VOCATIONAL SKILLS, UNDERSTANDINGS, AND ATTITUDES WHICH WILL GIVE THEM SOCIAL MOBILITY, TO FULLY DEVELOP THEIR INDIVIDUAL POTENTIALITIES, AND TO EFFECTIVELY CONTRIBUTE TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF OUR DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY. THE PROCESS HAS REMAINED NEARLY THE SAME FOR 100 YEARS WITH NO BASIC CHANGES IN ORGANIZATION, TEACHING, OR CURRICULUM. ONE PRODUCT, TODAY'S DISADVANTAGED YOUTH, IS BEHIND IN ACHIEVEMENT, UNSKILLED, AND UNEMPLOYED. HE COMPILES THE HIGHEST CRIME RATES AND IS IMMOBILE IN OUR SLUM GHETTOS. HE HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST DROPOUT RATES AND IS THE MOST ALIENATED FROM SOCIETY. CLEARLY THERE IS A HUGE GAP BETWEEN PURPOSE AND PRODUCT. CHANGING THE PURPOSE SHIFTS THE RESPONSIBILITY AND OFFERS NO CURE TO THE PROBLEM ITSELF. REHABILITATING THE PRODUCT TO CONFORM TO THE PROCESS THROUGH EXTRA GUIDANCE AND INTENSIVE REMEDIATION HAS BEEN THE BASIS OF MOST RECENT ACTION, BUT AGAIN AVOIDS THE REAL ISSUE. THE MAIN FAULT OF THE CONVENTIONAL PROCESS, PARTICULARLY IN THE URBAN SCHOOLS, IS THAT IT REMAINS MIDDLE-CLASS ORIENTED AND COMMON-SENSE BASED. THE TREMENDOUS ADVANCES IN OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LEARNING PROCESS AND IN THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES HAVE NOT BEEN UTILIZED. A SUMMARY OUTLINE IS GIVEN OF THE CRITICAL AREAS OF PROCESS CHANGE. THE CURRICULUM SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH A VARIETY OF MEANS. IT SHOULD BE MORE PRAGMATIC, EXPERIMENTIAL, AND IMMEDIATE. IT SHOULD HAVE AN UNGRADED ORGANIZATION, BE INDIVIDUALIZED, AND BE GROWTH-DIRECTED. MATERIALS SHOULD REFLECT MORE NEARLY REAL LIFE SITUATIONS, BE MULTISENSORY, AND BE MULTICULTURAL.
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse City School District, NY.
Identifiers: New York (Syracuse)