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ERIC Number: ED100725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 32
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A Matter of Course.
Livingston, Becca
This paper argues for an educational orientation to American studies in high school that contributes toward individual growth and a sense of compassion toward humanity. According to the author, conventional schooling is a process of training youth to fit into out society by internalizing the accepted behavior and attitudinal norms. The student adjusts to a lock-step process in which he climbs in a predetermined fashion to a predetermined goal of social status and material success. Instead, education should encourage the development of personal growth and the interrelatedness of that growth with the growth of humanity; criticism of current societal values; and the development of values based upon compassion, creativity, and the uniqueness of the individual within his own culture. A suggested course outline with this focus includes four main aspects. First, the course structure must organize the world in such a way as to give direction and clarity to the student's discovery of the values implicit in his culture. Secondly, the course must provide a structural basis for determining the relationships among cultural themes and the implications they have for living in that culture. Thirdly, the course must explain how the student's culture reflects and is involved in the human community. Fourthly, the course must deal with such instances of oppression as colonialism and racism to show that bias can destroy humanity. Also included is an analysis of the author's philosophical opposition to student grading. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Books
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