ERIC Number: ED178940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Needs of Society: Many Voices--Many Rooms.
Slayton, Paul C., Jr.
The only workable generalization regarding curriculum development in a heterogeneous, multicultural society is one that allows conflicting views to operate within an institution and that prepares youth for functional membership in the society. A review of the history of Western education from Sparta through the Puritans, William McGuffey, and Andrew Carnegie, reveals a mythical consensus about what is good and valuable and about a close bond between educational goals and societal goals. Although the present generation promises an idealized consensus between educational endeavors and the needs of society, those needs are not so easily and narrowly defined, posing problems for the curriculum designer in such areas as language instruction, literature, and the modes, models, and materials for curriculum construction in general. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English (10th, Richmond, VA, October 12-14, 1979)