An Unconsidered Source of Criteria of Educational Values
by David Snedden - 1926
IF courses and curricula for various types of schools are to be derived scientifically rather than intuitively and empirically, they must rest upon validated objectives—that is, defined and tested educational values. But the value or "worthwhileness" of any particular type or degree of education is necessarily based on social values—either explicitly determined, or, because of custom, implicitly assumed. It is obvious, therefore, that the criteria or standards by which educational objectives are to be validated must be in even more basic ways criteria or standards of social values.
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