Reconnection for Relevance: A Proposed New High School Curriculum
by James L. Fenner — 1970
Mr. Fenner, a man obviously "connected" to the forms and processes of contemporary life, is concerned about the fundamental irrelevance of the high school curriculum for young people needing to know how to make sense of the real world, how to find their way through its labyrinths, how to effect controls. Acknowledging the value of traditional studies for those who are interested, he proposes a series of elective courses aimed at relating the school to out-of-school interests. The program of electives he devises is unusually diverse and imaginative, ranging from a course in moral issues to one on local politics, from futurology to car repair. Unlike other writers for this issue of the RECORD, Mr. Fenner concentrates on content rather than method or technology; but the technologists, like the curriculum-makers, would be well advised to pay heed.
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