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Herbert Spencer

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Herbert Spencer
Born in Derby, England on 27 April 1820, the eldest of nine children, but the only one to survive infancy.
Social Darwinism
"Society's Natural Selection"
Competition Theory
- Modern emphasis of the
sciences and mathematics

- School voucher system

- Decreased government
involvement in education

- Interactive education.
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University of Notre Dame
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Industrial Revolution
and the Victorian Era
Utilitarian Education
21st Century Applications
The fittest survive because of skills, intelligence, and adaptability.
- Coined the phrase "Survival of the fittest"
- Applied theory to all branches of knowledge.
- The fittest humans take over the earth

- The lazy, stupid, or weak would slowly
An Industrialized Society
needs scientific and tech-
nological skills and subjects
Spencer emphasized science and technology in the curriculum.

Prepare individuals to be efficient producers in a
industrial society.
- Schools should compete against each

- Favored private schools who would
compete for the brightest students
Scientific Approach

- The only way to gain useful knowledge

- Religion was a futile attempt to gain
knowledge of the unknown

- Wanted to replace theological systems of
the Middle Ages with his philosophical

- Considered learning Latin and Greek
languages, literature, and history to be
Wanted teachers to be curriculum and instructional innovators.
Learning should be a sensory experiment where students interact with environment.
Opposed rote memorization and recitation.
Modernize curriculum that focused on:

- Physical Science
- Biological Science
- Social Science
- Applied Technology
- Applied Engineering
Today he would probably include:

- Computer Literacy
- Genetics
- Bioengineering
Sensory Learning. Organized Categories.
Spencer would oppose "No Child Left Behind", but may have approved of "Race to the Top".
Spencer would be considered a realist.

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Spencer). Herbert Spencer lives. Concurring Opinions.Retrieved from http://www.concurringopinions.

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Spencer)Herbert Spencer,liberalismens
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(3 + 6) x (2 + 5) = ?
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