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Mental Health as an Educational Goal


by Ruth Kotinsky & J. H. Coleman 1955

MENTAL health as an educational goal, either major or auxiliary, has become a cliche of the times. This fact is in part a reflection of a more general tendency to blame the schools for all that goes amiss with the state and its citizens (save only a few physical ailments of unknown cause), and to charge the schools with responsibility for the realization of all aspirations for individual well-being and social welfare. Is the divorce rate increasing? Let the schools teach family living. Is there death on the highway? Let the schools go in for driver education. Does annihilating war seem increasingly difficult to avoid? Let the schools give courses in international understanding. Do the churches fail to attract and hold young people? Let the schools purvey religious and moral teaching. Is emotional instability widespread and the incidence of mental illness high? Let the schools dispense mental health.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 56 Number 5, 1955, p. 267-276
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12037, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 1:26:52 AM

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