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ERIC Number: ED386319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
To Every Action There Is an Opposite and Equal Reaction: An Essay on Teaching.
Ediger, Marlow
Every educational change occurs with an equal and opposite reaction to that change. Some changes and their opposing reactions which illustrate this point are: (1) team teaching versus the negative dynamics of group planning; (2) justifications for funding special education versus emphasis on average and gifted students; (3) school site management as a way to democratically involve parents in educational decision making versus traditional lines of school management; (4) collaboration among teachers, universities, and administrators to establish a quality curriculum versus decision making by conscientious individuals on site; (5) attention to the relevancy of what is taught in schools versus stability in the face of rapid curricular change; (6) outcome-based education versus concepts and generalizations that cannot be measured; (7) portfolio assessment versus adequate evaluation and selection of portfolio materials; (8) Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences versus enhancement of individual talents and abilities within existing curricular subjects; (9) integrated curricula versus appreciation for individual academic disciplines; (10) and the whole Language Approach versus a better balance between whole-language and phonics-based procedures. The presence of opposite reactions seems to indicate a need to be judicious when considering new movements in education. In negotiating educational change, the best course may be to strike a balance between competing ideas. (JW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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