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ERIC Number: ED011685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Jun
Pages: 18
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Reference Count: 0
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EDUCATION AND POLITICAL COMPETENCE--A PRESCRIPTIVE APPROACH.
LITT, EDGAR
THE AUTHOR PROPOSED THAT EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS SHOULD FOCUS UPON POLITICAL RESOCIALIZATION, THAT IS, THE ATTEMPT TO CREATE NEW COGNITIVE, AFFECTIVE, AND BEHAVIORAL DIMENSIONS OF POLITICAL LEARNING. THE CURRENT POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION PROCESS SERVES TO REINFORCE TRADITIONAL MIDDLE-CLASS VALUES RATHER THAN TO EXPAND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG THE PREVIOUSLY APOLITICAL STRATA. TO CREATE THE CONDITIONS OF DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION REQUIRES DIRECT ACTION UPON THE EXISTING EDUCATIONAL STRUCTURES. OTHERWISE CURRENT PROCESSES WILL CONTINUE TO FOSTER DEPENDENCE UPON AUTHORITY SYSTEMS, AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACQUIRING SHARED POWER AND INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCE WILL BE RESTRICTED. SCHOOLS ARE ONE OF THE FEW INSTITUTIONS WHICH SIGNIFICANTLY REACH INTO THE LIVES OF LOWER STATUS CHILDREN AND WHICH HAVE THE BEHAVIORAL OPPORTUNITIES TO ENHANCE PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY. A RESTRUCTURING OF EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES WILL PROVIDE THE CONDITIONS WHICH ARE CLOSELY CORRELATED WITH HIGH EDUCATIONAL AND POLITICAL PERFORMANCE. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE CONFERENCE ON POLITICS AND EDUCATION (UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, JUNE 14-17, 1966). (GB)
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Identifiers: Oregon (Eugene)