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ERIC Number: ED142111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Priorities for Education in a Just Community.
Heard, Alexander
The consideration of the priorities for education requires careful appraisal of what a community is in the largest sense, of what constitutes a just community, and of the boundaries of education. Achieving a just community will depend both on respect for the person in all his diversity and on recognition and reaffirmation that there is a general welfare, a common destiny, in which each person has a stake and to which, by membership in the community, each person owes an allegiance. Education is only a partial creator of society; it is also a creature of the society that supports it, and requires that parents, students, and the public more generally agree on the nature of its purpose. With this in mind, four priorities in education are seen: (1) we must insist that attainment of priorities not be viewed as a guaranteed result of opportunity alone, since opportunity cannot be equated with outcome; (2) we must explore more adventurously and tenaciously what works best in the classroom and devise better ways of predicting what will work best for particular individuals; (3) recognition that children and youth should be given equal opportunity to learn must take into account that there are unequal aptitudes; and (4) the unique and important American institution, the college or university as a center for intellectual freedom, must maintain its integrity as a community of scholars, free from exploitive interests and capricious economic currents. (Author/MSE)
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Forum of the College Board (New York, October 1976)