ERIC Number: ED075447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec-8
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Man to Mankind: The International Dimension of Teacher Education.
Imig, David G.
Society no longer can afford schools that are passive or neutral about the social exigencies of contemporary mankind nor teachers unaware of the problems and issues confronting modern man. We need a philosophy of education that overcomes the present dichotomy between schooling and life with a commitment to accept the reality of a society that encompasses all mankind. Due to the explosive changes in society in this century, older forms of authority are loosening their grip as the young, disenfranchised, colonized and discriminated react against their domination. The growing global interdependence of humanity is manifested in an expanding volume of world-wide human interaction, an expanding network of cross-national organizations, an increasing similarity in mankind's social behavior and institutions, and the internationalization of social problems. But there can be little hope for mankind until the growing chasm between the rich and the poor of the world is bridged. Teacher education is one point around which major efforts must be concentrated so that a philosophy encompassing a world view can find its way into American education. But in spite of their potential for influencing the direction of educational change, schools and colleges of education have made too little international impact on their students. The cultural lag of middle-class educators is a prominent reason for education's inability to cope with emerging social needs. New, more realistic, and more sensitive teacher preparation programs and inservice teacher education programs are needed. (For related documents, see TM 002 522-523 and 525.) (KM)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Training, Developing Nations, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Philosophy, Educational Responsibility, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, International Education, Social Change, Social Problems, Speeches, Teacher Education, Teacher Educator Education, Teacher Role
Not available separately; see TM 002 522
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Note: Paper presented at pre-session of Southeastern Invitational Conference on Measurement in Education (11th, Athens, Georgia, December 8, 1972)