ERIC Number: ED029836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961
Reference Count: 0
The Central Purpose of American Education.
Educational Policies Commission, Washington, DC.
Seen throughout all the goals of education (the development of individuality, self-realization, human relationships, economic efficiency, and civic responsibility), the central purpose of education today is the development of rational powers to create the freedom of mind necessary for dealing with traditional tasks as well as with recent changes. However, research into the psychology of thinking (the processes of inference, knowledge and skill transference, and high-level abstraction ability) is needed, and the results of such research should be applied in a school maintaining conditions which foster the development of physical and mental health, human individuality, and the abilities of the handicapped and disadvantaged. Subject matter courses should be relevant to the student and should provide him with instruction and practice in using his rational abilities and in developing an inquiring spirit and a respect for knowledge. (SM)
National Education Association, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (clothbound, $1.25; paper self-cover $0.35; discounts on quantity orders).
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Authoring Institution: Educational Policies Commission, Washington, DC.