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ERIC Number: ED058186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 83
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Thinkable Limits and Beyond: Four Scenarios on the English Curriculum.
Whitworth, Richard, Ed.
As part of a curriculum class in English for doctoral students at Ball State University, these scenarios present an attempt to create an English curriculum that will meet the educational needs of the next generation. The scenarios are based on visits made by the students to Northside High School in Muncie, Indiana. The students analyzed the school's English curriculum; studied the plant facilities; observed and talked with the staffs in English, journalism, drama, and speech; and interviewed the librarians, counselors, and a cross-section of the high school students. Using these data, the university students wrote scenarios on the projected future of the school 30 years hence, making recommendations for altering the English curriculum accordingly. The results are presented in the scenarios. The first details an alternative for the English department, that of melding technological know-how with the humanizing process. A more generalized plan, based on self-realization and the lack of coercion, is offered in the second scenario. In the third one, disturbing questions are raised about the future of education in Middletown, U.S.A. (Muncie); moreover, it offers a curriculum plan in English used nationwide. An imaginative tale of the total destruction of our educational system and the emergence of a "new" English completes the scenarios. (Author/DB)
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Authoring Institution: Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN.