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Education and the Good Life


reviewed by Howard L. Parsons - 1958

coverTitle: Education and the Good Life
Author(s): Frederick Mayer
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Each of these books is a mixture of many ideas, and as the three melanges are similar it is proper to review them together. The authors describe themselves as "liberals" whose faith "rests upon the sanctity of the individual." The aim of education should be, they say, to release the "infinite capacities" of each individual and thus, through a "transvaluation of values" in the individual, to transform the schools and to produce evolutionary (not revolutionary) progress in society. The ideal teacher will evoke the creativity of the student; and "the creative child is the happy child." A student should be free to develop his virtues and talents and should be "guided more by his interest than by formal standards." The teacher should "motivate with significance" and aim at producing balanced, integrated, critical, appreciative, sympathetic, democratic, civilized, constructive persons. The authors have attempted to include in their vision of education the vast diversity... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 60 Number 2, 1958, p. 113-113
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4394, Date Accessed: 8/10/2020 2:06:00 AM

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