|Lesson 3:||Goals and Purposes of Education|
||Herbert Spencer, a philosopher of the 1800s, asked the
question, "What Education is of Most Value?" Educators and parents are
still wrestling with that question today. There are varied opinions as
to the goals of education.
The goals of education tend to change with time. During the earlier part of the 20th century the public was disillusioned with the public schools because of the strong emphasis on a classical education with little regard for the current needs of society. This gave rise to the development of vocational education. Today we are seeing a reversal with the "back-to-basics" movement.As a teacher in the public schools, you need to be aware of the various views regarding the goals and purposes of education since they do have an impact on your program. Example of this is the push to integrate academic and vocational education and the emphasis on end-of-course tests in vocational subjects.
Upon completion of this unit the learner should be able to:
Take the interactive pretest on the goals and purposes of education.
Read the following chapters from Teachers, Schools and Society (Sadker & Sadker)
What do you think of Neil Postman's views about education in "The End of Education"?
Does the general population support Dr. Ravitch's view? Each year the Gallup organization conducts a poll of the public's attitudes toward schools and publishes the findings in the Kappan Magazine. Read the article "The 39th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll Of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools".(Note: this should take you to the NCSU library where you will need to log in)
Every year Dr. Gerald Bracey prepares a report on the condition of education in America. Bracey, the former director of school testing for the state of Virginia, believes the press and others who are trying to promote a specific point of view are not telling the whole story about education in America. He attempts to set the record straight once a year in the Phi Delta Kappan magazine. On the 20th anniversary of a National at Risk, he published a commentary. Read it over and see what you can learn about educational issues. (Note: this should take you to the NCSU library where you will need to log in)
Read Bracey's article about the High Skills Hoax (Note: this should take you to the NCSU library where you will need to log in)
See what the Southern Region Education Board believes should be the goals for schools in the South.
Do the educational goals of a religious group differ from public schools goals?
View the PowerPoint presentation on "Career and Technical Education" on-line or download it to learn about the goals and purposes of vocational education. Soon we will take a more in-depth look at the curriculum in career and technical education and agricultural education.
|| Some of these school one liners are funny.
read the chapter in the text go to the following site and see how
you learned. http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072877723/student_view0/chapter4/multiple_choice_quiz.html
|| Based upon this weeks readings, write
paragraph describing what you think should be the goals and aims of
and share this with your classmates. If you want to see what I
are the goals of education refer to a chart titled Moore's Hierarchy of
Education from The
Core Connection article published in Techniques magazine (September,
2003). You may want to read this article. (Note: I recently
learned that the archives for Techniques has been reorganized and the
diagram being referenced in the article has been removed. I will look
in my files for the journal and scan in the diagram. This is not
critical for the completion of this assignment, it is primarily for