Establishing the Educational Relevance of Spiritual Development Through Critical Historiography
Chapter Nine: A Discourse of Possibility
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A Discourse of Possibility
The Purpose and Promise of Education
IN my earlier explanation of how I use the term relevance in this research, I characterized relevance as a topic or idea that was germane to the context. Germane is an intentional word choice; its origins are the Latin germanus, which means genuine or having the same parents (Oxford Dictionary of English, 2010). Knowing its etymological origins led me to consider the parents of education, and I thought of the purpose of education. Relevance is connected to purpose, and so the absence of explicit consideration of the spiritual domain of human development could be related back to questions about the purpose of education in the United States.
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