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ERIC Number: EJ775908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-1
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6193
Teaching in Oz
Good, Howard
Teacher Magazine, v14 n6 p47-48 Mar 2003
In this article, the author discusses how the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" offers a wealth of guidance about providing a well-rounded education. It is his theory that the four companions who skip arm in arm down the Yellow Brick Road each represent an essential aspect or goal of education. When one adds what the Scarecrow wants (a brain) to what the Tin Man wants (a heart), to what the Lion wants (courage), to what Dorothy wants (a home), one ends up with a fully educated person. The Scarecrow, among others, reminds that the real purpose of education is not so much to prepare students to make a living, as to prepare them to make a life. Today, though, increasingly it seems that the only purpose of education is to prepare students to take tests--diagnostic tests, achievement tests, aptitude tests, state tests. Students should cross the threshold of a challenge and, after a series of symbolic adventures, find brain and heart and courage on the other side.
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Language: English
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