ERIC Number: ED231707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
At the Edges of Perception: Humanistic Education in the 80's and Beyond.
McCarty, F. Hanoch
The agenda for humanistic education in the 1980s needs to go beyond psychological concerns to address the political, social, ecological, and spiritual side of the human experience. The goals of humanistic education focus on the development of intelligence, self-understanding, interpersonal relationships, and a concept of physical health. Equally important concerns are the search for meaning in one's life and the discovery of one's higher self through intuition, imagination, and spiritual and mystical information. Items for the humanistic agenda include finding practical alternatives to the grading system; involving parents, industry, and society in the education of children; expanding the role of the teacher to include psychological counseling and guidance; devising criteria by which humanistic classroom activities may be determined to have substance; instituting an ethics component in every course in which humanistic education is taught; and searching for excellent classroom teachers to serve as models for student teachers. The content of humanistic education will involve teaching students to be comfortable with ambiguity and confusion, making mental health a goal of the schools, using the computer to address humanistic issues, teaching holistic wellness skills from kindergarten on, bringing a spiritual dimension back to education, and teaching children that they can create their own future. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).