The Importance of People

Brogan, Peggy; Kelley, Earl C.
February 1955
Educational Leadership;Feb1955, Vol. 12 Issue 5, p303
The article focuses on the importance of a teacher in a society. The primary reason for the core curriculum is that it gives the learner an opportunity to work in keeping with his own purposes. We know now that each human being is uniquely purposive. This means that there are some things to do that are in line with the individual learner's unique purpose, and some things that are not. Some activities make sense to the learner some do not. If the learner is to have a chance to do those things, which make sense to him, he will have to be consulted as to what is going to take pace. This is called teacher-pupil planning. It means that the activities of the class are derived from the class, with the assistance of the teacher, instead of being decided in advance by the teacher. By this means, the unique learner can find something to do which is constructive and still in keeping with his purpose. The teacher-pupil planning without which there can be no core curriculum has a further advantage in that it takes all of the human beings involved in the project into account. From the standpoint of human values, it is in- decent and immoral for thirty people to start on a semester's journey when only one of them (the teacher) knows where they are going or what is to take place, or has given consent to it.


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