ERIC Number: ED057550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Search for the Educational System That Doesn't Exist.
Gallagher, James J.
The author critically analyzes the current American educational system and philosophy, with emphasis on educational needs of handicapped children. He finds special educators often are not aware of the different language required to communicate with the general public, influence molders, decision makers, professionals, and academicians. He believes that the public has serious doubts about the current system's ability to improve and hypothesizes that the system fails to solve educational and social problems because the society itself is not organized to solve these problems. The American educational system is thought to be an educational non-system, for it stresses autonomous units and self contained operations, not integrated and responsive operations. Because there is little foreseeable hope that the near future will produce 79,000 additional specialists needed in emotional disturbance alone, the author speculates that educational technology and mass media may have to play greater roles. System elements thought to be needed in the field of special education are discussed such as, planning and evaluation on a national level, improved training of special educators, more sustained research and development, educational communication centers, and demonstration centers for materials and methods. (CB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Information Center on Exceptional Children.