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ERIC Number: ED056502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 158
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If Teachers Were Free.
Renfield, Richard
The author presents a dynamic case for a new, highly demanding, total collaboration among those involved in the education enterprise--from beginning to end. His ideas on educational reform challenge teachers to pursue academic freedom and to accept responsibility for demonstrating that their planning, teaching, methodology, and purposes have actually led to the development of pupils' rational capacity. He sees the objectives of education as a longing to know and to understand, questioning of all things, search for data and their meaning, demand for verification, respect for logic, consideration of premises, consideration of consequences, creativity, the broadest possible knowledge of the world, and the development of sound bodies. These goals he deems the best approach to education for a world in which rapidly developing technology makes a curriculum-centered education irrelevant. His system would substitute the student's individual interests for the rigidly defined subject matter of the traditional school and would concentrate on "learning" in its broadest sense. He describes his ideas in the context of a suburban school and a ghetto school. He discusses in general the implications of his ideas for the future of education in the United States. (JY)
Acropolis Books, Colortone Building, 2400 17th Street, N.W. Courtyard, Washington, D.C. 20009 ($4.95)
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