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ERIC Number: EJ848124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
Changing Ideas about Student Interest
Watras, Joseph
American Educational History Journal, v31 n2 p129-135 2004
Seeking to distance themselves from the educational patterns they dislike, some contemporary advocates of academic studies overlooked an important problem that they share with the progressives they criticize. For example, Diane Ravitch blamed the absence of academics in schools on what she called the progressive educators' efforts to provide socially useful information or to cater to students' interests. In her complaint, Ravitch argued that academic study was socially useful and that challenging academic studies could be fascinating. Thus, she seemed to want academic teachers do the same things she claimed the progressives were wrong to have tried to do: present socially useful information and cater to students' interests (Ravitch 2000, 15). To make it clear that the same problems confronted the commentators favoring academic studies and the progressive educators they criticize, this paper explains how several progressive educators wanted to make academic studies interesting to the students by connecting the information and the skills to socially useful practices. The author hopes that students who enjoyed learning would seek to develop their abilities and the society could profit from the students' contributions as adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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