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ERIC Number: ED120451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar-9
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Career Development through Life-Centered Education.
Wernick, Walter
Schooling can be a terrible social disease, if it generates grasping, self-centered individuals seeking freedom from responsibility rather than life-centered human beings seeking freedom for responsibility. Career education can focus on individuals, but help them see themselves as characters in a larger play on the world's stage. Others may have developed their conceptions of career education as the speaker did, challenged from what they wished to perceive to thinking along a new line in a wider territory, because the career education movement is a process to enlarge the human experience. Schools, too, are thinking through the ideas of personal independence and communal interdependence. Career education, a reform movement, has to involve teachers; reaching for the total human community requires the help of all. Educators must perceive the school as an agent to involve the students in their futures, and ours. Career development programs require the soul-force of Buber's I-Thou relationship; without it, individualism will bring anarchy and competitive strife. Perceiving energies available for connecting and binding individuals brings a different perception of the educator's mission. Teachers must infuse their environments with life, real, credible, imaginative, and empathic, by bringing creative and original responses to the interactive situation's needs. (Author/AJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Speech presented at the Comprehensive Illinois Occupational Education Demonstration Center (Joliet, Illinois, March 9, 1976)