ERIC Number: ED403236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
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Education as a Human Enterprise: What Was, Is, and Ought To Be.
Dottin, Erskine S.
This paper looks at the educational thought system that provides a contextual understanding of education, discusses what schools are for, and presents a vision for education. A review of educational literature reveals an ongoing search for a new educational paradigm and focuses on a transformed conception of teaching that shifts the focus from knowledge as commodity to understanding knowledge as a gift to be received, developed, and shared by all. In this context, the primary purpose of education is to actualize human potential rather than to impart an established body of facts and skills. The educational vision operative in the national education goals--"Goals 2000," which ties the purpose of education to national productivity, is contrasted with "Education 2000: A Holistic Perspective." The vision of "Education 2000," articulated in 1991 by the Global Alliance for Transforming Education, espouses optimal human development rather than the traditional industrial/technological world view. Education 2000 is developed around 10 principles, which are listed, along with educational implications. Contains 10 references. (ND)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000