Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Paul Goodman on Education Reform (1966)

Writer and activist Paul Goodman said this back in 1966, when he was interviewed by William F. Buckley, but it is so relevant today:

The leaders, the educational decision-makers, Goodman says to Buckley, "have a theory of social engineers; they don't have the theory of human teachers or artists. The theory of a social engineer is you can analyze everything down to its least elements...but this isn't  how a person learns. A person learns by an intrinsic need or reaching out, and what you reach out to is what's interesting, and if the text isn't interesting then why bother?" Here's more info on Goodman's ideas about Education.

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