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Copy of RECONSTRUCTIONISM AND EDUCATION

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RECONSTRUCTIONISM AND EDUCATION
Historical Background of Reconstructionism

PLATO
STOICS
CHRISTIANS
UTOPIAN SOCIALISTS
MARX

Philosophy of Reconstructionism
George Counts
Theodore Brameld
Education must be used as a positive force for establishing new cultural patterns and eliminating social evils
School should take responsibility for social renewal met
Vision of the possibilities which
lies ahead
Humanity is at the crossroad
A philosophy of values, ends and purposes
Utopian ends and piecemeal means
Future-oriented and optimistic
Reconstructionism as a Philosophy of Education

Educator must become a social activist and the school occupies a strategic position in meeting the crisis and providing a necessary foundation for action

Education and the Human Crisis
Educators everywhere ought to be helped to present their deepest social concerns to their students with optimum effectiveness

Educational reform follows social reform
The Role of the School
-Educators should be willing to explore new possibilities through action
-people can change society through individual and collective effort
-problem of goal setting in society and in schools is important
Aims of Education
• the need for change
• involve people more as change-agents
• reconstructionists do not believe that there is any conflict between knowing and doing for all actions should be well thought out in advance
Methods of Education
-Old methods reinforce traditional values and attitude
-Passivity on the part of students deprives them any creativity

-Education should be directed towards arousing the interest in public activist
Curriculum

-Emphasis on truth, brotherhood and justice; they oppose narrow or parochial curricula
-Importance of multicultural education
-Worldwide basis

Critique of Reconstructionism in Education
Critique
Critique
-It is doubtful to have a universal code
-Shallowness and superficiality in analyses of social problems
-Lost punch, people now accept the need to promote change
-Problems seem to endure and may even be more complex
-Democracy and decision making is questionable
-Have been co-opted by the very forces they want to overcome
Critique of Reconstructionism in Education
-Radical departure from pragmatism

-Has been an available antidote to the easy virtues of materialism, established cultural values and social adjustment
How are our seminaries?
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