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ERIC Number: ED364850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 11
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Once upon a Time, When There Were No Tests, Children Built Houses That Stood Tall and Straight...
Farr, Roger
To examine the development of the philosophy of education, educators, and educationists, this parody fable tells the story of a king in a faraway land who asked the old tradesmen to teach the teachers of the kingdom how to teach young people to build houses. The children learned well from this instruction and built many fine houses for the kingdom. Then the king became caught up in a movement, with other kingdoms, to develop tests in order to prove how fine each kingdom's educational system was. Consequently, the teachers felt it necessary to spend more time teaching the children how to pass house-building tests rather than how to build houses. As the children of the kingdom became proficient at passing the tests, they began to lose their house-building skills. Finally a new but poorly constructed addition to the king's mansion fell down around him. The king was left facing the questions: is it more important to be able to identify a hammer or to know how to use it? Or is there a place in the educational system for both kinds of knowledge? (NH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Educational Issues
Note: Revised version of an address presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (38th, San Antonio, TX, April 26-30, 1993).