ERIC Number: ED049082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Dissident Literature and Social Education.
Nelson, Jack L.
Value conflicts are a basic part of social studies instruction; however, the inclusion of these conflicts in social education presents several obstacles: 1) inadequate teacher preparation; 2) stultifying student teaching situations; 3) censor-ridden communities and fearful school administrations; 4) conforming teachers; and, 5) a lack of knowledge of sources of materials. One of the prominent lacks in dealing with values is that the instructional materials are typically drawn from only a broad middle section of popular books and magazines. The basic text attempts to provide a moderate view of events in the most efficient manner. But true inquiry into social issues demands first-person opposing views, in addition to "objective" materials authored by a third person. The decision of what materials are used in social studies instruction should include consideration of literature not now present in schools, but the dissident press are effectively censored by: 1) lack of adequate indexing; 2) lack of knowledge about them by teachers and librarians; and, 3) lack of access to them in classrooms and libraries. A highly useful NCSS project might be to partially bridge this information gap. (A selected bibliography of the dissident press is appended.) (JLB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Dissident Literature
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference, National Council for the Social Studies, New York, New York, November 24, 1970