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ERIC Number: EJ793644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Paved with Good Intentions: Detours and Dead Ends on the Road to Educational Reform
Glegg, Alastair
Management in Education, v22 n1 p5-9 2008
This article presents the text of a lecture delivered to an imaginary History of Education class in the year 2084. In the lecture, the speaker explains that historians have often come across evidence of human activities and beliefs which seem to them odd or even inexplicable. The latter half of the twentieth century was remarkable for the number of experiments in educational theory and practice which a hundred years later appear quite bizarre, and which in most cases were swiftly abandoned or drastically modified. Ironically, there was a growing contemporary realisation that the uncritical application of scientific discoveries had been a serious error: it became tragically apparent, for instance, that the indiscriminate use of chemicals in medicines and fertiliser had led to serious unforeseen consequences, and steps were taken to ensure that such errors would not be repeated. This was not the case with education, however, and the period was marked by a succession of experimental reforms which had little grounding in established theory or even rationality, but merely reflected the social, ideological or political aims of their proponents. This paper describes some of the more curious examples in the hope that the current generation of reformers can learn from the past. (Contains 46 notes.)
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Language: English
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