ERIC Number: ED164396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Bright Glow or Dark Shadows in Education's Crystal Ball? Prospects for a Humanistic Curriculum.
Barnet, Judith M.
This paper advocates development of humanistic education which will emphasize concern for student self-concept and empathy for others through a multidisciplinary approach. A survey conducted by the Educational Development Center in 1976 showed that only three out of 143 educational materials reviewed dealt with systems behavior, stressed the individual's role in problem solving, supplied positive models for solutions, or gave positive views of other cultures. This apparent lack of humanistic curriculum materials occurs in a society which is committed to technological manipulation of people and their skills. This has produced a high degree of absenteeism in the schools by students critical of the educational structure, shrinking public confidence in education, and a short-term utilitarian view of education. Fortunately, this dismal picture is changing. American society is developing a newly cultivated respect for the artisan and a movement towards self-sufficiency which questions the technological direction of society. The resultant concern for strong self-concept is being reflected in new curriculums and in the participation of non-traditional educators in the schools. The current need in education is a synthesis of technology with humanistic awareness. (MR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the World Future Society (Clear Lake City, Texas, October 20-22, 1978)