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ERIC Number: ED124537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Notes to a Neophyte: A Discourse between R.W. Practicality and L.W. Theoretican.
McGowan, Francis, II
The paper is written in the form of a dialogue between Miss Theoretician, a teacher, and Mr. Practicality, a school administrator. The Teacher's philosophy can be summarized as follows: In terms of the whole child, there are four facets of personal growth: intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. Schools place too much emphasis on the intellectual facet and not enough on the remaining three. Schools have the obligation to assure as much as possible the stability of the student so that he can see not only the position that he/she failed to attain but also worthwhile alternatives that he/she might continue to pursue. In order to accomplish this, the school must endeavor to support and clarify the values of the student, so that he/she might rely on him/herself when faced with societal adversity. Hierarchical impediments such as specialization and the factoring of tasks, rigid authority structures, and impersonality have imposed a type of order that has taken much of the play and joy out of learning. To improve this situation, it may be possible to see in schools some day a variety of teacher-specialists, each with expertise in one particular area of educational functioning. Given these specialists as educational resources, the task of educating each child as an intellectual, social, emotional, and physical creature might be more feasible. (SK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Prepared for guest presentation to Dr. Alice Miel's graduate class on "Educational Programs for Children Aged Six to Fourteen," (Teachers College, Columbia University)