ERIC Number: ED060640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Context for Education in the Seventies.
Harman, Willis W.
Three forces are pushing man toward a drastic shift in cultural values and basic premises. These are: 1) the existence of a world macroproblem which requires such a shift for its solution; 2) the "great refusal" of youth to go along with the values of the past; and 3) the questioning within science as to whether its classical "value-free" stance was either appropriate or, in the long run, wholesome. Should all these forces prevail, the consequence would require a radical reassessment of all aspects of national policy, but particularly in the areas of research funding policy and educational policy. The world macroproblem is the composite of all the problems which have come with technology application and industrial development. The problem is exacerbated by the reductionistic, deterministic premises of the predominating behavioral-science and sociopolitical theory found in the universities which train the society's leaders. Such premises are in conflict with the basic premises of a democracy: that man is, by virtue of his transcendental nature, endowed with reason, will, and a valid sense of value. Should new transcendental values become paramount, the resulting shift in society would be equal to the Protestant Reformation. (JK)
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Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Research Inst., Menlo Park, CA. Educational Policy Research Center.
Note: One of the support papers compiled by the General Subcommittee on Education of the Committee on Education and Labor, Ninety-First Congress, First Session