ERIC Number: ED250822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-9
Reference Count: 0
American Educational Messianism: A View from a Nation Under Siege.
Reitman, Sanford W.
Most Americans continue to place great faith in the social capacity of the public school system and to displace onto the schools responsibility to resolve some of our most urgent social issues. Israel was selected for observation in order to view American "educational messianism" from a distance. Cultural displacement as practiced in the United States seemed clearly a nonaffordable luxury for a nation under siege from hostile surrounding nations. Israel was found to be a society that places far less emphasis on the practical importance of schooling overall than does the United States. No one expressed a strong belief in the school's social efficacy comparable to that commonly held in the United States. The imperfect Israeli community includes, but does not single out, its schools in holding itself "accountable" for the resolution of Israel's manifold social problems. Americans must do the same and regain their lost sense of genuine cultural community, recognizing that schools need to be seen as an important part of the educative effort of the total community but that they should cease to be seen as the only source of significant education in today's society. (MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association (San Francisco, CA, November 1984).