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    A Critique of Systematic Education

    Dennis Szilak
    Teachers and students alike have happily subjected themselves to a hanging-strings experiment, only to find themselves face-to-face with their own inability to break out of standard modes of approaching learning situations (functional fixity). Dennis Szilak uses the strings problem as a theme in his discussion of the weaknesses of exclusively systematic education, a method that is currently in vogue. He warns of the dangers in systematic education's tendency to drive out creative teaching and learning and to foster functional fixities in students. Recognizing some strengths of systematic education, however, the author advocates the renewal of creative teaching methods enriched by the best of systematic education.

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    Spring 1976 Issue


    School Desegregation in Large Cities
    A Critique of the Coleman "White Flight" Thesis
    Thomas F. Pettigrew, Robert L. Green
    A Critique of Systematic Education
    Dennis Szilak
    The Separation of School and State
    Pierce Reconsidered
    Stephen Arons
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