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That Precious Moment

That Precious Moment

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Published by D B Karron, PhD

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Published by: D B Karron, PhD on Oct 27, 2012
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Powell,J.0.
A
strange
situationthen
withmoreinformation
totransmitthaneverbefore,ourschoolshavecometotheendpointofthecycleinwhichinformationisnolongerof
generalvalueforitsownsake.Knowledgeofthetopicsnow
availableinschoolsno
longer
liberatesnolongerprovidesopportunities
for
upward
mobility.TheHoratio
Algermythof"ragstoriches"forallintentsandpurposes
isnow
dead.
Onaverylargescale,weareonacollisioncourse
onmany
fronts;
betweenworldpopulationandfoodsupply,
betweenwastedisposalandtheviabilityofour
planet,
between
thesupply
of
nonrenewableresourcesandourlife
style,betweenstabilizingpopulationinindustrial
countriesandobjectivestoincrease
production
the
drum
ofgloomanddoomisbeingthumpedveryloudly.
Are
there
noworldstoconquercloserto
home?
Havewenobasis
for
enthusiasmleft?Closeexamination
ofournearenvironmentrevealsarichandvirtually
untappednew
resourceand
a
renewableresource
atthat.
This
untapped
resourceisour
fellowhuman
beings.We
havevasttechnicalcapabilitiesandknowvirtuallynothing
aboutourselves.We
can
easily
obtaininformation
on
the
historyofourcommunity,onthelivesofprominentpeople
ofbygone
days,
oraboutthecold
monuments
tothe
past
whicharenowourmouldering
publicbuildings,
our
museums,
our
urban
blight.Butwhataboutthehistoryofourown
family?
Orthe
house
we
live
in.Where
didthestreet
theschoolisongetitsname?Whenwasitbuilt,howand
by
whom?
Weknowthat
Dick
andJaneplaywitharedwagon,andhaveadognamedSpot,butwhatisourdog'sname?
,/hat
colorisour
wagon?
Whatgamesdowe
play,
wheredidthey
originate?There
is
an
insurmountableaccumulation
of
information
which
others
have
collected
about
other
people,
6.
ThatPrecious
Moment
other
places,
other
times.
Sometimesthisinformation
preservessomeofthepathos,thehumor,thevitalityof
theliving
people,
thereportsnowrepresent,butoftenin
our"scientific"zealtomeasureeverythingwehaveremoved
thelifefromthisinformation
during
theprocessof
changing
it
fromobservations
to
numbers.
Theobservations
upon
whichthenumberswerebased
mayberatherdifficulttocomeby.Butwhatistoprevent
usfromreplication;
from
tryingtomakethesameobserva
tionsalloveragainwith
ourselves?
Every
year,
everyclassroomisawealthofuncollected
data,
ofunresolved
humanissues,ofdiversefamilytreeswhichleadus
directly
toantiquity.
Todayinschoolwestudypioneers.It'seasy.Theinformationpurveyershaveaccumulatedgreatquantities
ofbooks,pictures,films,
etc.
allofwhicharereadilyavailable,beautifullypackagedfora
price.
Theprice,
ofcourse,ispartlythecostofpublication,theroyalties
to
theauthors,theprofitstotheshareholders.This
price
doesn'tconcern
me.
The
one
thatdoes
is
the
lack
of
personal
involvement.
We
didn't
takethose
pictures,
wedidn'texamineonsitethe
remains
they
describe,
wedidn't
examinetheroofjoiststosee
howthey
weremadebefore
electrichandtoolsandmachine-madenailswereavailable.
Butifweweretogetthe
children
inourclasstostudytheirgrandparents...suddenlytheflatiron,the
loom,
the
spinnet,thehorseandcarriagebecomevitalandmeaningful.Thepicturesinthebookstakeonnewmeaning,theaccounts
supportwhatourgrandparentsare
telling
us,and
fill
in
themissingpartsintheir
accounts.
Adventure
stories,
diaries,etc.comealivewiththepeoplewhowrotethem,
thepeople
the
books
are
about,thelife
of
thattime
forever
fresh,
forevernewthroughthesensitiveeyesof
a
chiId,

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