If We Have Time

Giles, H. H.
February 1946
Educational Leadership;Feb1946, Vol. 3 Issue 5, p195
The article argues that schools must share in the urgent job of uniting the world for peace. If the school is to be a testing-ground, a pilot plant of democratic processes, it is first of all requisite that its guardians--the board of education, the administrators, and the teachers--recognize and deeply care about human development. The teacher can, at the least, listen to pupils--not just the bright ones or the acquiescent ones--but all of them. From listening he can learn about them as human beings. At the best, the teacher will be able to develop a group aim, group thinking about topics, materials and methods, group evaluation. The classroom will become a place of adventure. Decisions will not be made by a thoughtful teacher but by a thoughtful class with the teacher. Perfection or even surface polish may not be obtained. Mistakes will be made. Difficulties will be encountered. But learning will take place and it will be real learning, not a temporary performance of a set task, but steps toward a lifelong self-education and cooperative solutions of common problems.


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