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ERIC Number: ED013258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Apr-24
Pages: 11
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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED STATUS.
RIESSMAN, FRANK
THE RECENT CONCERN FOR THE PROBLEMS OF THE POOR IS BEING REFLECTED IN CHANGES IN EDUCATIONAL THEORY AND PRACTICES. EDUCATORS NOW FEEL THAT THE DISADVANTAGED YOUTH IS EDUCABLE AND THAT IT IS THE SCHOOL'S RESPONSIBILITY TO EDUCATE HIM. THERE IS, HOWEVER, THE DANGER THAT THIS PRESENT CONCERN IS ONLY A "FAD" AND THUS WILL PASS. IN THEIR INCREASED INTEREST IN THE PROBLEMS OF THE DISADVANTAGED, EDUCATORS MUST GUARD AGAINST DIRECTING PARENTS ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION WITHOUT ENCOURAGING RECIPROCAL ADVICE. THERE IS ALSO THE DANGER THAT THIS NEW CONCERN WILL BURDEN PRESCHOOL EDUCATION WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR GUARANTEEING THE DISADVANTAGED CHILD'S ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. UNFORTUNATELY, IN STRESSING THE WEAKNESSES OF THE DISADVANTAGED CHILD, EDUCATORS DISREGARD THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF HIS LEARNING AND LIFE STYLES. AWARENESS, FOR EXAMPLE, OF THE STRENGTH OF THE CHILD'S CONCRETE AND PHYSICAL LEARNING STYLE CAN HELP THE WELL-TRAINED SLUM TEACHER TO MOTIVATE THE CHILD EVEN BEYOND HIS GRADE LEVEL. CONTRARY TO WHAT MANY TEACHERS BELIEVE THIS LEARNING STYLE DOES NOT PRECLUDE THE CHILD'S ACADEMIC SUCCESS NOR DOES IT REQUIRE HIS BEING TRACKED INTO A VOCATIONAL CURRICULUM. UNDERSTANDINGS OF THIS KIND WILL PERMIT TEACHERS TO MAKE EFFECTIVE USE OF SUCH POTENTIALLY USEFUL TEACHING TECHNIQUES AS ROLE PLAYING. (LB)
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