Дата: 2003-01-27 15:39:12
Being personally familiar with Harvard's program, and with Ukraine's environment in management education, I was hoping for more value-added from this article. A short list of "we should consider x, y, and maybe z" is merely rehashing somebody else's wisdom. It's easy to criticize somebody else's work. Even benchmarking requires serious assessment of measurement criteria to isolate those distinctive features that are appropriate for one's own circumstances. Such a list would have added value to this commentary from a structural perspective.
From a content perspective, I don't remember ever hearing anybody at Harvard or at any American educational institution say that the main goal of education is "to instill values."
"висновок про те, що найважливішим завданням школи є виховання цінностей (а не просто звань), таких, як етичні, і віри в себе, та відповідні спроби відобразити це прагнення у структурі та змісті програми;"
Discussing values and principles is currently fashionable in organizational circles. Although inarguably important, these concepts are but building blocks as are strategy, systems thinking, etc. To my understanding, the goal of western education is to develop those critical thinking skills which will allow students (future leaders) to make informed strategic life decisions. "Instilling values" is a dangerously subjective process. Citizens with a soviet legacy are painfully aware of this.