Psychological Consultation in the Schools: A Catalyst for Learning

Psychological Consultation in the Schools: A Catalyst for Learning

Psychological Consultation in the Schools: A Catalyst for Learning

Psychological Consultation in the Schools: A Catalyst for Learning

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While we support the idea of public education today and require that every child in our enormously expanding population attend school until the age of sixteen, we must also recognize that many of our school children are badly served by a system of practices geared to other times and other conditions. Our schools are in trouble. Teachers and pupils are in trouble. This volume presents an attempt to deal with the massive problems which confront our schools. These are not educational problems as such; they are concerned, rather, with the conditions which make education possible. That is, the climate for learning.

It has become clear to everyone who has worked in schools that the traditional methods of "trouble shooting" are not adequate. Actually they often do no more than aspirin tablets for a pneumonia victim—they temporarily lessen the pain or fever but do little to combat the virus. In the traditional approach, each crisis is dealt with as it arises. Not only does the diagnosis of a single case take months, with the result that treatment is delayed, but in the time between a call for help and the rendering of assistance, the child and the teacher are . . .

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