ERIC Number: ED115986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Educational Futures: The Choice Before Us.
Three alternatives for education in the future are presented in the paper, which was initially delivered as a university graduate school lecture. The author first describes three groups of children with different life environments--the advantaged, the silent majority, and the disadvantaged. The significance of possible educational alternatives is then related to the three groups. The first educational alternative is renewed academic planning, holding that there is nothing basically wrong with the present subject-centered curriculum and educational practice. A second alternative is the free-school movement, or the "de-schooled society" of Ivan Illich, proposing a structureless school in which the child guides himself. There is a real potential in the concept of a freer school, which would emphasize choice and individual determination in place of authority and control. However, this existentialist structureless school does not place human development in the proper context of social relationships. The educational system has an obligation to society as well as to the individual. The third alternative is career education, which would give all children the means of coping with the problems of their environment through developing a sense of vocation. (MF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.