This-essay is a8309231.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %TRAGIC NEED SUBSTITUTION 830923 An educational system which is not sensitive and responsive to its' students' own needs and potentials--- will tend to repress its' awareness of its' own potentials and needs, and substitute in their place artificial needs and demands for performance. Such a process is tragic in the classical Greek sense that good possibilities are destroyed in the interests of conformity to inappropriate ideals. Conformal educational systems are not dedicated to the use of communication rights to promote personal and social integrity. Conformal educational systems are dedicated to the realization of abstract ideals formulated to satisfy the needs of narrowly trained people who are insensitive and unresponsive to the needs and potentials of the full range of students. Creativity, initiatives, curiosity, and joy are represses in the interest of being in conformity with what some manipulative authoritarians say should be done. Educational systems which emphasize convergent thinking and behavior which leads to agreement regarding the "right" answer, way, procedure, and opinion---are systems which generate tragic conformal behavior. Rigorous scientists are especially prone to promote such educational systems because of the high value which scientists place upon agreement regarding what is the right answer to the kinds of questions which they think worthy of consideration. Many scientists tend to neglect questions to which there are many possible ways of responding with integrity and wisdom. Through lack of experience with such questions, when they are forced to deal with such questions they respond to them with the implicit assumption that there is a right way to respond, and further assume that their particular set of biases will lead unambiguously to the right response. For a science education center to be worthy of designation as a center of excellent science education it must transcend the scientists' understandable tendency towards promoting tragic conformal thinking and behavior. To do this the center must in some way affirm the promotion of open and honest dialogue as the transcendent value which will guide efforts at conflict resolution within the center. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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