ERIC Number: ED366785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
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The External Consultant as the Wonderful Wizard from Oz--A Parody.
Smith, Garnett J.
Using the metaphor of the "Wizard of Oz," this paper satirizes the use of an unofficially identified and often highly paid group of educational consultants to reform and revitalize special needs career/vocational education. It begins with the premise that leaders in the educational system believe that they can somehow install three internal, essential ingredients for reform and revitalization through the use of "consultants from Oz" who possess specific rational answers to many educational, vocational, and social problems that challenge the educational system today. The main characters from L. Frank Baum's novel, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," personify the human longing to seek out external sources that will somehow be able to provide answers to internal questions. This mindset generally fails to recognize and support the strong internal identities and expertise that each school and school system already possesses. The paper concludes that too many educators forget, or may never have realized, that the most important lesson the Wizard of Oz taught to Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion was to use the power that they had within themselves to make things better. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Wizard of OZ
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Nashville, TN, December 1993).