ERIC Number: ED137938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Curriculum Imperatives for Meaningful Education. OSSC Bulletin Vol. 20, No. 8.
Although the majority of our children acquire functional literacy in all the basic skills; become functional, law-abiding, and constructive adults; and become employable, a large number do not. Children are reared in environments that teach three life views--that the objective of life is to work hard, sacrifice the joys of the moment, and indulge in rigorous self-discipline so that one can achieve the highest competence of which one is capable; that a primary means to happiness is to find a secure job that provides adequately for one's subsistence and self-respect; and that life is a struggle and society a jungle. All children, whatever their background, must learn three things if they are to live full and meaningful lives--discipline, the ability to use that which is oneself effectively; control, the ability to cope with and find one's place within the environments of which one is a part; and meaning, the ability to find satisfaction through one's understanding, to select values and behave in accordance with value systems, and to promote moral concerns that are designed to help make living worthwhile. Three recommendations are offered for the achievement of these goals. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Development, Individual Needs, Student Characteristics, Student Development, Student Needs
Oregon School Study Council, 124 College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.