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ERIC Number: ED076462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 15
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Mobility or Community: The Hard Choice of the New Professional.
Oliver, Donald W.; And Others
This position paper analyzes and critiques contemporary American society. Previous research and development efforts to improve the quality of life focused on identification of "social problems" and the application of education programs designed to remedy them. Past efforts failed, however, to enrich the lives of many Americans because they neglected the conceptualization of man in relation to his community. Americans felt increasingly alienated as they shifted from a person-centered to an object-centered world. An alternative to this achievement based society is that of a responsible community spirit in which acceptance, interaction, and respect abound, making life constructive and mutually rewarding. Since public schools fail to meet the various human needs, socialization toward alternative life styles and ideologies needs to occur outside of schools. In conclusion, educators need to focus their personal and professional attention on the problem of enhancing the quality of life in small communities and local neighborhoods. (SJM)
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Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.