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ERIC Number: EJ1046813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2327-3607
On the Need to Live Educational Foundations
Schubert, William H.
Critical Questions in Education, v4 n2 p91-104 Spr 2013
William H. Schubert, retired faculty member at the University of Illinois, Chicago, reflects on his teaching career and the loss of "educational foundations." Schubert states that "Foundations of Education" are being pushed toward the precipice of extinction. He describes a loss of "back-to-basics" education with a brief diatribe against a prominent attack of today: the furor surrounding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). While Schubert agrees that expertise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is needed, he adds that it is clear that much more is needed. We need something to nourish STEM. What good are stems without roots and seeds? Educational foundations provide roots in the seedbed of philosophy, history, anthropology, economics, sociology, political science, geography, ecology, psychology, and more. It has been quite an accomplishment for educational foundations and curriculum studies to keep alive questions about what human beings are and can become, but the symbolism of mindless acceptance of STEM without context, without nurturing seeds, roots, leaves, and flowers leads to a garden of drought and destruction. Schubert asserts that today's "pundits of propaganda" would have us believe that corporate competitiveness (masked as national patriotism) is the goal of education; that the public and its educators need to be replaced by privatized forces. Schubert warns that the worst aspects of corporate culture sadly translate educational accomplishment or achievement into bottom line equivalents such as test scores, grade point averages, attendance rates, and diplomas acquired. Instead, educators must call persuasively for educational experiences that cultivate personal and public meaning, edification, inspiration, wonder, self-realization, participatory democracy, solidarity, humor, aesthetics, and imagination.
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