TITLE

Education Is Controversial, Too

AUTHOR(S)
Metcalf, Lawrence E.
PUB. DATE
April 1957
SOURCE
Educational Leadership;Apr1957, Vol. 14 Issue 7, p400
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the study of controversial issues in the United States. The schools in the country are glorified night clubs with watered down course offerings. Students are not challenged to think, and most of the curriculum is more interesting than intellectually challenging. This indictment is made by groups ranging from the most conservative to the most liberal. If one talks to teachers about this indictment, he learns that they do not feel free to teach intellectually challenging content. Their lack of freedom is rooted in a fear of public criticism. American teachers are now saying that it is no longer possible to teach an understanding of American institutions because a substantial proportion. of the public opposes any criticism of their institutions. If schools are less challenging and demanding than the people want them to be, it is because people also don't really know what they want. The most awesome aspect of this problem is that teachers can be as confused as their lay critics.
ACCESSION #
18620558

 

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