Basic Concepts and Practical Goals in Education

Shimmon, William J.
October 1960
Education;Oct1960, Vol. 81 Issue 2, p109
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the basic concepts and practical goals of the educational system in the U.S. The author differentiates the educational systems of the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Moreover, the author contends that the origins of American education indicates that the development of the whole individual was considered the province of education and that the provision of good moral and character training was considered an essential aspect of the educational process. It is significant that all levels of education began to change when social, technological, and political changes began to be experienced by the country in the 19th century. Furthermore, the ideal of free public education began to reach achievement in the 20th century wherein schools began to accommodate a huge influx of people in the 20th century. Despite the recent success of the U.S. educational system, the author suggested several deficiencies to be rectified and curriculum changes to be implemented.


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