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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, March 27, 1969

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, March 27, 1969

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Humanistic education

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By NANCY LISAGOR
Do you think of yourself as a num-
ber or a human being?
For those who prefer personal con-
tact and dialog to massive lecture
classes and computerized finals, a
conference to explore the humanistic
approach to education will be held
at the School of Education this Friday.
The conference, jointly sponsored
by the Ed School faculty and the Stu-
dent for Educational Innovation (SEI)
will feature panel discussions, work-
shops and demonstrations of various
techniques of the humanistic educa-
tion.
According to Stan Bennett, Grad,
and a past president of SEI the hu-
manist approach to education in-
volves "treating human beings as hu-
man beings, even if they are children.
It is working with the interests and
needs of the children instead of trying
to impose the interests of the adults
onto them."
"This approach to education," says
Bennett, "is more interested in rela-
tionships and interactions between the
students and the teachers than the
progressive educators of the past.
These people were mainly involved in
a completely child-centered approach."

The conference will begin at 10 a.n.
with an introductory comment from
each of four featured guest speakers.
The speakers will be: Herbert Kohl,
Robert Hivighurst, Bernard Mehl, and
George Geis.
Herbert Kohl is the author of 36
Children and Teaching the Unteach-
able which tell of his experiences as a
teacher in a New York ghetto school.
Robert Hivighurst, a well-known
sociologist from the University of
Chicago, has written several articles
criticizing the traditional "humanist"
philosophy of education.
Bernard Mehl, an educator from
Ohio State University, specializes in
examining racism in schools and so-
ciety.
George Geis, a behavioral psycho-
logist from the University is especial-
ly interested in instructional systems
and teacher training.
In the afternoon, a panel discussion
will feature these four men in which
the audience may participate and ask
questions. In other rooms, there will
be demonstrations going on of such
things as inquiry method, educational
games, the problem solving approach
to instructional systems, and class-
room management.

The demonstration concerning in-
quiry method will deal with experi-
mental ways of teaching. The students
are given hypothetical data and from
it they are expected to abstract their
own conclusions. It is a discovery ap-
proach to learning rather than the
lecture method.
The educational games group will be
led by Layman -Allen and Fred Good-
man of the Education School. Educa-
tional games are a way of learning
also in which game format is used but
the content is learning material.
Another group will examine the
problem solving approach to instruc-
tional systems, the problem teachers
have in the classrooms, looking at the
classroom as a system, analyzing prob-
lems, and solving them within the con-
text of the classroom.
Classroom management will be led
by Don Smith of the Ed School and
will try to define classroom problems
from the standpoint of B. F. Skinner's
behavioral psychologist theories.
On Friday night, there will be a
"Festival of Life" including rock bands
and experimental music.
There will be three bands, The
Charging Rhinocerous of Soul, Hous-

humans
ton Harlow (folk music) and The
Minority Group (a rock group).
Electronic music will also be includ-
ed in the festival. Works from various
local composers will be played.
Music students will also provide a
string quartet.
There will also be a poetry reading
at the festival. The reading will feat-
ure Jim Peters, editor of the Genera-
tion.
A guerrilla theater group from the
Residential College will be performing
throughout the evening.
An art fair made up of pieces of
art from students in A and D School
will be on exhibit all day. Some of
the pieces will be for sale. Ceremonies,
paintings, sculpture, etc. will be ex-
hibited.
Bennett, one of the coordinators
of the conference, said the purpose
of the conference is "to establish more
communication between the Ed School
and outlying communities."
He explained that "during the day
an opportunity will be provided for
students and faculty to get together
and -discuss how schools need to
change and the various different ap-
proaches to education that are pos-
sible."

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