Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 09:36:18 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Education establishment Vs Maslow's self-actualization

By
09th-Nov-2014       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Bruce D Price :
Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) was an American psychologist who created a theory of psychological health based on fulfilling inborn human needs, from the most basic to the most sophisticated, culminating in self-actualization.
Maslow's ideas were upbeat and positive. Self-fulfillment was possible; everybody should get busy making it happen. Maslow was not concerned with the usual litany of mental illnesses. He spoke to the ordinary person and said, move to a higher place.
The Human Potential Movement (HPM) arose out of the counterculture milieu of the 1960s and was much inspired by Maslow's thinking. This movement believed in cultivating the potential that was thought to lie largely untapped in most people. Humans can experience an exceptional quality of life filled with creativity and fulfillment.
All the themes here are idealistic and hopeful. The ultimate goal is to attain personal growth and understanding. Indeed, not only could one do this, one should do this. Maslow believed that the individual can only be truly happy through constant self-improvement and greater self-understanding. One of the steps along the way was the cognitive level, where individuals intellectually stimulate themselves and explore.
Which is curious because at this same time our Education Establishment had introduced a different message into the public schools, namely, that it really wasn't fair for some children to advance ahead of others. Everybody should be kept at the same mediocre level. It could be argued that everything the Education Establishment was trying to do was an interdiction of everything Maslow was trying to do.
If you read at a low level, don't know how to do arithmetic, and don't know much basic information, the public school might still pronounce you a success. And yet we feel the paradox, we feel the raving contradiction. If the cognitive and intellectual domains are not tended to, indeed fired up, then the human journey is not going to reach its proper heights.
Putting it bluntly, what chance does a dumbed-down public school student have to achieve self-actualization?
The Education Establishment sent a very loud message: forget all that fancy stuff. Just putter along the way you are. Don't rock the boat. Don't reach for more. Settle for less.
The very essence of the social engineering that John Dewey and his socialists imposed on this country was that individualism was a bad thing. Individual achievement was a bad thing. Cooperative behavior was praised, because only the group matters. Mediocrity was built into the fabric of Dewey's banner.
It may be that Maslow and the human potential gurus were engaging in a Pollyanna-ish quest. Maybe a lot of people aren't capable of self-actualization. Or, more exactly, once they have it, we see that it is not anything very grand or impressive. But unmistakably, these people are at least trying. They are reaching!
Just as unmistakably our Education Establishment did not really value intellectual activity or cognitive development. Oh, they had to give it lip service. They had to talk about the wonders of education. But the only wonder they were truly passionate about was the one where they made all the little kids behave more or less the same. And that's exactly the opposite of the self-actualization that Maslow was preaching.
Reflect on socialism's early days. Its promise was to raise everybody up to their potential, unlike capitalism which supposedly crushed everybody down to the same miserable low level. Wasn't that socialism's essential claim?
According to one academic, "Socialism was a response to the horrible working and living conditions of the early industrial revolution.  It was highly idealistic, drawing inspiration from a tradition of early Christian communal societies. In fact, it was often too idealistic and democratic…"
The sad irony here is that socialism, when it got the chance, immediately abandoned its promise. The socialism of 1800 or 1850 was saying things very consistent with Maslow and the human potential movement. But as we watched John Dewey and the early educators take over the public schools, it was clear they weren't aiming for anything high. No, they were dreaming of something mediocre, a world where everyone would be ordinary.
John Dewey and our socialist Education Establishment betrayed the promise of the socialism that had spawned them.
They were so focused on getting power for themselves and their movement that they could not be interested in empowering people. They say power corrupts. Even more true, the hunger for power corrupts. That seems to be what happened in American education for the last century.
First the socialists, and then Maslow, articulated a vision where everyone would reach their highest possible form.  Realistic or not, this was an ecstatic vision. Simply to pursue this vision would probably lift a person. John Dewey and his gang were clearly not interested in lifting anyone, or only marginally. They hated the idea of the individual and of individual success. They liked leveling. They liked the happy group where nobody could claim any special gift or spark.
The second half of the 20th century was a shootout between Dr. Dewey and Dr. Maslow. Turns out John Dewey was the real gunslinger. Big Bad John. He told self-actualization to get out of town.
(Bruce Deitrick Price explains educational theories and methods on his site Improve-Education.org. This article was first published on AmericanThinker.com)

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Don't waste public money in the name of development projects


A Bridge built 22 years ago over a canal at Chilarkandi village in Moulvibazar's Kulaura upazila remains unused as it has no approach roads. The incident may be cited as a bright example of lack of coordination among the relevant departments and total waste of public money. The 12-metre long ...

Sports »

Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska (left) is congratulated by Australia's Samantha Stosur after winning their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday.


Sports »

Serena Williams returns to Australian Open with emphatic win


AP, Melbourne :Serena Williams jumped straight back in where she left off at the Australian Open, returning for the first time since winning the title in 2017 when she was pregnant with her first child.Williams conceded only five points in the first set and was completely clinical in a 6-0, ...

International »

Iran satellite, that US was wary about, fails to reach orbit


AFP, Tehran  :Iran launched a satellite criticised by the United States on Tuesday but it failed to reach orbit, state television quoted the telecommunications minister as saying."The Payam satellite was successfully launched this morning with the Basir satellite carrier. But the satellite unfortunately failed to be placed in orbit in ...

International »

Model claiming Trump's 'Russia secret' goes to trial over "sex scandal"


AFP, Pattaya :A Belarusian model who sensationally claimed she had proof of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office appeared in court Tuesday for the expected start of her trial over running a "sex training course" in Thailand.Anastasia Vashukevich, known by her pen name Nastya Rybka, has been held ...

City »

Nepalese envoy makes farewell call on PM


Outgoing ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh Prof. Dr. Chop Lal Bhusal and his spouse made a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office here on Tuesday.  Dr Bhusal thanked the Prime Minister for her government's support in discharging his duties in Bangladesh. He particularly recalled the support ...

Entertainment »

Apurba, Safa Kabir in Nazia Hasan’s story


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Safa Kabir and Apurba worked together as a pair in Valentine’s Day special play titled Tumi Bolley. Story of the play was written by Apurba’s wife Nazia Hasan Adity for the first time.Apurba and Safa played in roles of Aayan and Hridita respectively in this romantic story ...

Cricket »

Olivier sparks South Africa to sweep of Pakistan


Duanne Olivier sparked a Pakistan collapse as South Africa completed a series clean sweep with a 107-run win on the fourth day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday.Starting the day on 153 for three, Pakistan lost their remaining seven wickets for 120 runs to ...

Sports »

Emotional Wozniacki launches Australian Open defence


Caroline Wozniacki fought back tears after launching her Australian Open defence with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium on Monday.The third seed won her maiden Slam at Melbourne Park last year but has since been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating auto-immune disease that has ...

City »

Jatiya Press Club President Saiful Alam along with other journalists' leaders greet newly appointed Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud with bouquet at the Jatiya Press Club on Monday.


Editorial »

Unplanned sand extraction from rivers to trigger mighty erosion


UNABATED sand lifting from the Dhaleshwari River in Tangail could result in losing vast locality to river erosion. Dhaleshwari, a tributary of the Jamuna, flows through Tangail Sadar and the influential sand traders with illicit nexus with political high-ups are using powerful dredging machines to lift sand near Porabari Bazar ...

International »

Turkey hits back at Trump threats over Kurds


AFP :Turkey on Monday vowed to keep up the fight against a US-backed Kurdish militia it views as terrorists after Donald Trump warned of economic devastation if Ankara attacks Kurdish forces as American troops withdraw.Trump's threat came after Ankara repeatedly threatened a new cross-border operation against the Kurdish People's Protection ...

Entertainment »

I am ok with my attention grabbing assets: Anveshi Jain


ALT Balaji’s Gandii Baat, seems to have hit it out of the park once again. Season 2 was applauded for it's out of the box content, striking performances, and enrapturing screenplay. But overshadowing every good thing about the show, the leaked lesbian lovemaking scene between Anveshi Jain and Flora Saini ...

Sports »

Serena shooting for Slam history


AFP, Melbourne :Serena Williams has adopted a low profile ahead of the Australian Open, but rival players admit the American's shadow looms large in Melbourne as she eyes a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown.Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, ...

Cricket »

India call up Shankar, Gill to replace suspended pair


India Sunday called up all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill for their Australia and New Zealand tours after KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were ordered home in disgrace over comments made about women. Rahul and Pandya were axed ahead of India's opening one-day international against Australia in Sydney on ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news