ERIC Number: ED187652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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Passionate Intensity As a Disruptive Element in the Educational Process.
Thompson, Mark E.
Educators must be sensitive to the ways in which their (and other's) passionate intensity can negatively affect the educational process. All of the human components of the educational system (students, teachers, and administrators) are involved in matters that frequently expose the trait of passionate intensity. A positive example is the excitement of learning and exploring with an emotional involvement that is productive, rewarding, and fun. However, several educational issues evoke emotional responses: collective bargaining, teacher unions, competency testing, federal intervention, mainstreaming, and accountability. Intense specialization within a discipline can produce pedantic zealots. Therefore, educators must be reminded that they may be contributing to a repressive atmosphere in their adherence to ideology or zeal for achievement. If the traits of openness, independence, creativity, compassion, thoughtfulness, and flexibility are not fostered, then society is subject to the influence of passionate intensity such as Germany was under Nazi leadership. Educators must recognize the obligation to approach their problems with diligence. A modest, steadfast approach adds stability to a process that frequently strays toward emotional appeals. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: For a related document, see ED 177 042.