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ERIC Number: ED355662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 14
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Technocratic Rationality, Essential Schools Theory, and the Potential Effect of One Attribute of This Theory on the Purposes of Public Schools.
Bauer, Norman J.
Since the introduction of child-centered thinking in educational research, discussion has continued on whether the purpose of public schools is to teach students predetermined, set subject matter or to allow them more control over their education. Traditionalists have asserted that scientific methodology must be used to develop learning environments. The aim of the Essential Schools Movement (ESM) is to improve middle and secondary schools and to ensure that students learn cognitive skills, students are not treated as receptacles, students are not sorted, schools model democracy, and students' strengths and weaknesses are recognized. Another aim of ESM is to organize curriculum around mathematics/science, the arts, and history/philosophy. The technocratic method of schooling supports the relationship between school and the work place, efficiency, and preparing the student for the professional world. It stresses coherence, authority, and external sources for truth and value, and it discourages questioning. Central to the ESM is the exhibition in which a student demonstrates understanding of a subject and some imaginative capability. The ESM can help reshape public schools and increase the role that students have in determining the direction of their education. (JPT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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