Discussion: Discussants Reflect

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posted by: George Hein on May 22, 2003 at 7:28AM
subject: context of reform
Thank you, Arthur, for your clear statement.

The media messages that inundate us are increasingly "spin" and not
reports. As you say, "[Students] need to learn how to . . . make sense
of and interpret information and to make decisions." Thatís the key
skill that students need. Dewey says somewhere that the most important
"disposition" that needs to be developed in education is "the habit of
intelligence," which means, "The power to see problems, to relate facts
to them, to use and enjoy ideas." He goes on to say that the value of
this power that it will help students find themselves "intellectually
and morally." I want all human beings to have the skills to think and
to apply that thought to moral questions.
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