Current Connection #1

For my Current Connection, we had the reading Education in a Progessive Period by Edward Janak. In the reading Jank talks about how Education was changed by people that contributed to starting this push in Education, John Locke, Charles Darwin, William James, etc. And then talked about what it means about Progressivism.  Progressives ultimately believe that learning how to learn is more important than knowing a set of specific facts. Also, Progressive thinkers believe experience and nature are completely interrelated and that we must take time to return to a natural state/world. And when it came to the impact that it has had on education, Janak explained that progressives believed it was the goal to develop the intellectual, moral, and aesthetic dimensions of students. They also believed that it is more important for students to learn how to learn than is what they learn. Another big thing that Janak was trying to get at was the Cardinal Principles. 

The first one is Health which includes health instruction, healthy living, physical education classes, developing programs of home/community health awareness. The second one is  Command of Fundamental Processes which talks about having reading, writing, math, “elements of oral and written expression”. The third one is Worthy home membership, which includes music and art, wholesome relations between boys and girls, homemaking skills for girls. The fourth one is Livelihood (Vocational) which includes social development with coworkers, right attitude about work, vocational preparation, and vocational guidance. The fifth one is Civic Education and it talks about understanding international problems, responsibilities as a citizen. The sixth principle is Worthy use of leisure (avocational interests) which includes things that students can do when they are not in school like music, art, literature, drama, social interactions- to enrich and enlarge the body, mind, spirit, and personality. The final principle is Ethical Character which talks about morals and values, personal responsibility and initiative, spirit of service.  

The article that I connected to the reading was “The Commission on the Reorganization of Secondary Education” by  Theresa Alonso. The article talks about how The Commission focused on making secondary education purposeful and common across the United States. The Commission was formed of sixteen committees whose sole responsibility was issuing various reports based on the performance of schools and the curriculum.  In 1913,  a reviewing committee was added to revise reports and have continued correspondence between all other committees throughout the year. In 1918, after three years of revision, the reviewing committee published a report on the fundamental principles of secondary education, becoming the foundation for education throughout the country. The main focus of the article was to highlight the point of Society is always changing, therefore education should change to meet the new needs presented within the societal structures. 

And that is a statement that I agree with, because times are changing and it is important to keep up with what is changing. Even though there are some things that are still being taught in schools like, Home Economics. Because there are kids today that do not know how to do some of the most basic home skills and are not going to learn how to do because the parents  do not have the time to teach them. Teenagers today do not know how to cook, clean, do laundry, sew and they probably won’t learn unless they look up youtube videos and learn for themselves, because their parents won’t teach them and they are not going to learn it in school. Another reason why I think this article connected with the reading was because it showed the backstory of the Cardinal Principle and how different people were working on it and making corrections.       

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