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Resolution on the Development and Use of Behavioral Objectives

1970 NCTE Annual Business Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia

Background

In many states teachers are being required to write and structure curriculum according to behavioral objectives before they are convinced of the appropriateness or necessity of so doing. Be it therefore

Resolution

Resolved, that when members of the National Council of Teachers of English are put in the position to use or develop behavioral objectives, they assert their right to have satisfactory answers, supported by adequate evidence, to the following questions, among others:

Resolved, that concerned teachers ask: Who has the professional and moral right to predetermine and control what shall or shall not be the limits of acceptable behavior of young people? In short, do we help students grow or shape them to a mold?

 

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