ERIC Number: ED113314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: 0
De - Socializing School Instead of De - Schooling Society.
Schieser, Hans A.
It is important to counteract the collectivist and totalitarian trend which is currently the source of our educational problems. These problems are due to the impersonal, institutionalized communication which results from totalitarianism and collectivism in education. There is now a new movement toward personalism which focuses on love, community, critical consciousness, radical re-thinking, and anarchy, and which characterizes a trend away from the impersonal, functional, totalitarian approach to life. This personalist philosophy which has arisen from a dissatisfaction with established institutions can be discussed in relation to the socio-economic realm, the political scene, science, philosophy and theology, and finally, American education, which has ignored the personalist movement. The first step of a plan to de-sociologize American education would be to de-socialize schools (i.e., take them out of reach of political authorities). The second step is to de-sociologize education--in other words, to organize the contents and direction of our educational efforts around concrete reality and not according to the pre-established ideology of sociology. The goal of education must not be to alienate man from his existential roots but to make him able to pursue happiness through desocializing and de-sociologizing our schools. (BD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the American Educational Studies Association (San Francisco, California, October 30-November 2, 1975)