Tuesday, December 08, 2009

dual purpose

Otto Salomon outlined two distinct purposes in his discussion of the Theory of Educational Sloyd. One, the most obvious, was that students learned to do things that had potential economic value. The other purpose, less obvious was fulfilled in the child as he or she learned values, and developed character and will that would last a lifetime. Salomon had described these as follows:
The Formative aims are:
(1.) To instill a taste for, and a love of, labour in general.
(2.) To inspire respect for rough, honest, bodily labour.
(3.) To develop independence and self-reliance.
(4.) To train habits of order, exactness, cleanliness, and neatness.
(5.) To train the eye and sense of form. To give a general dexterity of hand, and to develop touch.
(6.) To accustom to attention, industry, perseverance, and patience.
(7.) To promote development of the physical powers.

The Utilitarian (economic) aims are:
(1.) To directly give dexterity in the use of tools.
(2.) To execute exact work.
Clear Spring School also has two purposes, one obvious, and the other less so, depending on the angle from which you view it. These are very similar to the two purposes of manual arts education. While Clear Spring serves the learning needs of our small group of children and their families, it was originally established as a demonstration model to explore and illustrate progressive educational methods. So while Clear Spring School offers service direct to its children it is also "formative" as a means through which to have effect on the educational community at large... a means through which the best of formative education can be made known to our nation. To have that effect, we are very dependent on the support of our community and it is a constant challenge to to raise money for this effort. You and others can help. We know that personal connection is the foundation of successful fund raising. If you know of a foundation with which you have a personal connection, and if you would like to help, please contact the school. This is also the time of our Clear Spring School annual appeal. Your tax deductible donation can be sent to Clear Spring School, PO Box 511, Eureka Springs, AR 72632.

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