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ERIC Number: ED133438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Freedom, Professionalism, and Our National Heritage.
Maley, Donald
There is a need for the spirit of freedom in the teaching profession since in some respects the teacher's fulfillment is dependent upon the freedom that the teacher is willing and able to exercise in his/her profession. Teaching freedom means the opportunity to develop the potential for teaching excellence according to the teacher's individuality in dealing with the individual differences among the students. Many teaching institutions have generated robots, programed to follow precise directions for every aspect of educational programs with no individual thinking or judgment. Rigid, prescribed programs cannot exist where teachers understand and respect their freedom, and the persistent companion of freedom is responsibility. The teacher must see his acceptance of freedom in the light of the much larger dimension of human understanding. The competent professional soon realizes the fallibility of highly prescriptive programs for all students in a given class or grade level. He needs the freedom to design and deal with content toward the maximum individual development of each student. If the teacher is willing to give up this freedom and responsibility of decisionmaking, he should be aware of what he accepts in its place. (MF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Industrial Arts Association conference (Des Moines, Iowa, April 18-23, 1976)