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ERIC Number: ED011271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Feb-1
Pages: 31
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Reference Count: 0
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ISRAEL AND THE EDUCATION OF THE CULTURALLY DEPRIVED.
MOONEY, ROSS L.
ISRAEL CAN ACT AS A LABORATORY TO TEST WHETHER WESTERN CULTURE HAS THE UNDERSTANDING AND SKILLS TO INTEGRATE A RADICALLY DIFFERENT, "DEPRIVED" CULTURE INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF SOCIETY. ORIENTAL JEWS, A MINORITY WHO WILL SOON BECOME A MAJORITY GROUP, HAVE A CULTURE WHICH DOES NOT FIT INTO A MODERN TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY. THEIR PATRIARCHAL CULTURE WITH ITS ORAL TRADITION NOW FACES AN ABRUPT SHIFT INTO A WELFARE STATE IN WHICH SCHOOL IS THE MAJOR ROAD TO ACHIEVEMENT. THE SZOLD INSTITUTE IN JERUSALEM HAS IDENTIFIED THE PARTICULAR CHARACTERISTICS OF ORIENTAL CHILDREN THAT THE SCHOOLS SHOULD CONSIDER (1) THESE CHILDREN ARE UNABLE TO ORGANIZE AND COMMUNICATE, SKILLS WHICH TEACHERS EXPECT, (2) THEIR PARENTS DO NOT SEE THE CHILD AS A "PERSON" BUT MERELY AS HAVING A "ROLE" IN THE FAMILY, (3) THESE CHILDREN DO NOT USE DRAMATIC PLAY WHICH WOULD TRAIN THEM IN THE SKILLS OF INTERACTION AND ROLE-TAKING, AND (4) THEY ARE AGGRESSIVE, COMPETITIVE, CRITICAL, AND MOCKING. TO ALTER THESE BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES, THE SCHOOLS SHOULD BEGIN TO EDUCATE THEM AT AGE TWO, AND SCHOOL PROGRAMS SHOULD REQUIRE SPECIAL TEACHER TRAINING, DIAGNOSTIC TESTING, AND APPROPRIATE CURRICULAR MATERIALS. IN GENERAL, THE CURRENT NOTION OF "FORMAL EQUALITY" IN CHILDREN'S RECEIVING AN EDUCATION SHOULD BE REPLACED BY THE IDEA OF "FUNCTIONAL EQUALITY," THAT IS, EQUAL PREPARATION BY UNEQUAL MEANS. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: COLUMBUS