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ERIC Number: ED024684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Oct
Pages: 13
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State, Student, and Teacher: Where Is the Leader?
Kaufman, Wallace
North Carolina English Teacher, v26 n1 p13-24 October 1968
If a generation gap does exist, the English teacher has failed in his primary task--improving personal communication--and must accept full responsibility for this failure. A profile of the typical North Carolina English teacher reveals a person over 30 years of age who is politically and morally influenced by the values of previous generations; inadequately informed about modern music, books, and movies; and complacent in a segregated school. On the other hand, many of the students with whom the teacher must cope are impatient with the machine-like qualities of adults: their cliches, platitudes, apathy, petty dishonesty, and naivete. Significantly for the schools, these students despise the English teacher who merely follows the curriculum imposed by the state and claims that he hasn't the time, money, training, or authority to do otherwise. In reality, he possesses untapped power, ranging from public relations to strikes, and has easy access to instructional materials from many sources. Teachers must soon decide that they, not state officials, parents, or students, are the leaders in education. (JS)
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