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Education for What is Real.

General semanticists will be familiar with the concept that Dr. Kelley presents of reality as relationship between the observer and observed; with his explanation that reality, far from existing separately in the "outside world," apparently is defined only when that relationship is established by the observer's action; that our intellectual knowledge seems to be a set of abstractions more or less useful as we can give them extensional meaning from our active experience and life purposes. On the other hand, progressive educators will probably recognize as familiar his analysis of traditional teaching methods and his recommendations for their revision.

The importance of Dr. Kelley's contribution here seems to me to lie in his application of these demonstrable ideas of the learning process, or the process of living, to education, with such simplicity and conviction that his book should be of value not only to semanticists and educators, but to anyone concerned with the lives and growth of children.

REVIEW BY JULIA SIEBEL OF EDUCATION FOR WHAT IS REAL, BY EARL C. KELLEY
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Author:Siebel, Julia
Publication:ETC.: A Review of General Semantics
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Date:Dec 22, 1998
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