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Schooling for Individual Excellence


reviewed by Robert F. De Haan - 1964

coverTitle: Schooling for Individual Excellence
Author(s): D. H. Parker
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Although the title of the book gives little hint of it, its author deals with the problem of how to bring about change in schools from their present undesirable situation to one which he is convinced can and should be obtained. His message is primarily why changes are needed, how to engineer the changes that he thinks should be made, and, secondarily, what is the meaning of individuality and excellence. Look first at the unhappy situation in American schools. They operate, according to Parker, largely on expediency rather than philosophical principles—witness the expedience of ETV, the Trump Plan, and teacher aides, to mention but a few. Unwarranted and unvalidated assumptions rather than scientific knowledge about grouping, IQ, and the three Rs guide the thinking and practice of educators. What is most blameworthy, however, is this: Teachers either ignore or are ignorant of individual differences among students. Changes must be made. But before... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 3, 1964, p. 279-279
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2577, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 2:23:55 AM

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