ERIC Number: ED046522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Expressions of Identity: The School-Age Child. 1970 White House Conference on Children, Report of Forum 3. (Working Copy).
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
The focus of Forum 3 was to recommend action-oriented programs to help the school-age child find and use already-existing community resources to help him develop a positive identity. Specifically, the following components are recommended: (1) The Cultural Voucher system, in which children ages 3 to 16 would be able to purchase enriching goods and services, with the help of a Cultural Broker, or adviser. (2) An Environmental Planning Commission, composed of persons trained in design and child development, who could help direct city planning to make the city a better place for children to live, to play, and to learn. (3) The Gatekeeper or Second Family, a helping family or person to whom children can turn for help in problem solving when the parent is inappropriate or unavailable. (4) The Artist-Teacher in the School, a program which would involve community artists in the educational system, making the creative process an integral part of learning. (5) Support for Cross-Age Tutoring Programs, which help both the older and the younger youths involved, in learning and identity formation. The underlying philosophy of the recommendations of this forum is that what is needed is not more available activities, but more genuine ways of being and of relating to other people. (Author/NH)
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Authoring Institution: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.