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ERIC Number: ED109055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 9
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British Education: The Myth and Reality.
Ciampa, Bartholomew J.
What does one do when one's colleagues return from abroad with grandiose plans that they hope to superimpose upon our educational system? For such a grafting process to be successful, it must be realistic and we must acknowledge that early perceptions are inclined to become tempered by the length and breadth of exposure. Analysis of both British and American systems of education reveals that neither culture has the "better" system, but that each might benefit from each other's assests. During the author's recent sabbatical, he saw that the British system is marked by (a) the profound dedication of British teachers, most notably on a primary level, (b) a highly discriminating process of admission to universities, (c) infrequent opportunities for teacher professional advancement, (d) an emphasis on art and music in primary and secondary schools that could well benefit American education, and (e) a tradition of morning assemblies that has an appeal because of the cohesiveness it seems to foster between administration, faculty, and students. American observers have created a false illusion in emphasizing the "informality" of British education. The "new" British primary schools may be physically new, but philosophically they are the result of the almost imperceptible on-going evolution of a one-thousand year tradition. (JS)
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)