Jeffrey R. Di Leo Catastrophic Education Saving the World with H. G. Wells âHuman history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.â H. G. Wells (Outline of History, 1100) Education is no less immune to catastrophe than any other area of life. A student who fails all of their courses because they are grieving the loss of a loved one, and another who drops out of school because they are in love, are both âeducational catastrophes.â So too is a teacher who becomes obsessed with their research and as a result neglects their students, friends, and family. And, to be sure, schools that fail to educate their students or that have a large proportion of them drop out are also educational catastrophes. There are of course many other examples of educational catastrophes like the ones described above. Sudden educational calamities through accident, sickness, misfortune, and misbehavior are commonplace in education. Some are small and common like failing to turn in an assignment because one forgot to do it. Others are large and less common like dropping out of school because one needs to get a job to provide for ones family. On these terms, then,
The Comparatist – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Nov 1, 2017
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