ERIC Number: ED046526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Mythology in American Education: A Guide to Constructive Confrontation. 1970 White House Conference on Children, Report of Forum 8. (Working Copy).
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Forum 8 is concerned with obstacles to educational reform which are based on obsolete myths. Forum members urgently advocate alternatives to the traditional public school approach. Since the idea that there is "one best way" to educate is one of the myths, reform must be fluid enough to accommodate individual student style, attitude, and readiness. This report proposes such reform and includes: (1) a brief analysis of the content of several myths considered; (2) an explanation of the educational consequences of maintaining the status quo based on those false assumptions; (3) a look at the evidence which undermines the myth's validity; and in some cases (4) consideration of possible alternatives. Encouraging a variety of alternative educational models, the forum recommends new public school systems independent of state and local regulations, open education approaches, open enrollment policies, and cross-age classroom patterns. With parents and teachers joining together, existing regulations and requirements must be suspended to provide sufficient autonomy for experimentation. The report includes an appendix of the myths discussed and an extensive bibliography of references used. (Author/AJ)
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Authoring Institution: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.