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ERIC Number: ED091265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr-18
Pages: 19
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Paul Goodman Then and Now: An Inquiry into Relevance.
Greene, Maxine
Paul Goodman's work in psychology, social criticism, linguistics, and education deserves reconsideration. His thoughts and language found their audience among the youth of the 60's who used them to articulate rebellion. The "system," viewed by Goodman, was nonexploitive but seemed to rob young people of a sense of significance. Goodman saw alternatives dependent upon self-motivated individuals willing to take small, independent actions that chipped away at the system. Far-ranging revolutionary change was not required; personal authenticity was. The schools as one aspect of the system were to be countered by alternatives that functioned improvisationally and did not intrude on the individual or superimpose socialization. If today Goodman's alternatives do not appear to constitute an effective means for reform, his observations about reading and language and suggestions for "natural learning" in mini-schools are worth the consideration of educators. (JH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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