Masters Thesis

A study of open education as an alternative to the traditional school.

Open education, the integrated day, the develop- mental classroom, informal education: these phrases refer to an educational movement that began in England and that is now growing in the United States. The traditional classrooms which exist in most schools of the United States have within the past two decades received intensified criticism directed toward their emphasis on order and control with adherence to a timetable and lesson plan, the formal lecture, and teacher dominated discussion." Charles Silberman believes that adults take the schools so much for granted, they they fail to appreciate what "grim, joyless" places most American schools are. He insists that everything now being done in education needs to be questioned and we must find ways to stimulate educators to think about what they are doing and why they are doing it.

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