EDU 201 Midterm

EDU 201 Midterm - Laura Tapiero March 10, 2008 ELED 201.002...

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Laura Tapiero March 10, 2008 ELED 201.002 Mid Term Examination 1. The main purpose of Social Efficiency in education is to prepare students for the workforce as mentioned in the notes from Blackboard. Social Efficiency also has the biggest impact in American schools because, like I said before, it is designed to prepare students for the working-world (Spring, 295). When the idea first came out, students would take IQ tests to determine where they would end up after they finished high school. IQ tests were also helpful because they would show the students (as well as the teachers) the classes that they should take (Kleibard and Schiro). Social Efficiency was very useful during the Cold War when the Soviet Union won the military race because it showed the United States that high school students were far behind in math, science and foreign language so the United States decided to increase the amount of learning in those subject areas in high school (Spring, 297-298). Humanism is different in that its purpose is to “emphasize cultural traditions of society.” By using this purpose, students learn to enhance general intellectual skills (Blackboard). The humanist wants the curriculum to introduce students to the cultural traditions of society (Spring 295). Humanists also support “the systematic development of reasoning power” (Patterson). This means that in order for the student to succeed in school, he or she needs to be intellectually intelligent which includes reading a lot, in and out of the classroom. Just like Social Efficiency, Humanism played a big role during the Cold War because it showed the United States a demand to produce highly trained
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workers for the war machine (Spring 298). Social Meliorism is the social justice and social change through individual change (Blackboard). The social meliorist wants the curriculum to cause social improvement and change. The social
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