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ERIC Number: ED075080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec-7
Pages: 22
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Is Our Evolving Social Policy for Children Based on Fact or Fiction?
Zigler, Edward
A discussion of the establishment of social policy and social action programs for children is presented. The position is taken that current efforts in this direction are based on outmoded hypotheses. Programs over the past 10 years have denigrated poor children by saying that the mind is plastic and that everybody can and should be smart. It was believed that if these children were given the right experiences, they could be smart as their more fortunate middle and upper class counterparts. Other injustices done to these children was to hold that they suffer from sensory deprivation and to insist that their real problem was an intellectual deficiency. The current movement to institute nationwide preschool education is criticized. It is concluded that social policy can not be constructed on the basis of questionable psychological theorizing. (CK)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the Education Commission of the States (Denver, Colorado, December 7, 1972)