Aikido Shugyo: Harmony in Confrontation by Gozo Shioda, Jacques Payet, Christopher Johnston, Kyoichi

By Gozo Shioda, Jacques Payet, Christopher Johnston, Kyoichi Inoue

Trans. Jacques Payet, Christopher Johnston

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It is our grave task to disinter it. 2 Education has social functions which go unmentioned on speech day, when we praise the virtues of sportsmanship as preparation for the game of life. There is a tension between the moral aims of the educator and the conditions on which the larger society will hire his services. That is no revelation. But I shall start by rehearsing the thought, as a neat way of introducing the idea of a positional element in education. Once introduced, the idea will be abstracted and then put to less familiar use.

Cit, pp. 23-4 and 78. 3 Education as a Positional Good MARTIN HOLLIS It is sports' day at Llanabba Castle preparatory school. The Three Miles Open race has just been run, with young Clutterbuck first home. But the day's even tenor is jarred, when Lady Circumference accuses him of skipping a lap. Tempers rise and Dr Fagan, the headmaster, hastens to join the group round the winning post. ' 'Percy has won already,' said Mr. Clutterbuck. ' 'Spendid! Splendid! A promising little athlete. I congratulate you, Clutterbuck'.

Reprinted, in a revised version, in my Sociology, Equality and Education (London: Macmillan, 1976) ch. 6. There is also some reason to believe that at least in some areas and with some people continuous as opposed to discontinuous feedback of information on success or failure tends, as a matter of contingent fact, to improve performance. Madsen Pirie, in Trial and Error and the Idea of Progress (La Salle, Illinois: Open Court, 1978) cites some experiments on efforts to acquire a simple skill, in which groups with discontinuous feedback 'improved over a dozen trials from being on target forty per cent of the time to achieving fifty per cent on target performance' while the groups with continuous feedback 'started with nearly fifty per cent success and improved it, over the same period, to sixty-four per cent success' (pp.

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