ERIC Number: ED179652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
The Educating Community.
Ianni, Francis A. J.
As communities have become increasingly heterogeneous, the congruence between formal education and other socializing institutions has diminished. Nowhere is social discontinuity more visible than in our approach to adolescent education. It is a matter of wide concern that schools are failing to prepare young people for a life of work and social responsibility. While crime and violence are the most dramatic examples of the malaise of the American high school, erosion of future success are also prevalent in many of our best schools. The fundamental future sucess are also prevalent in many of our best schools. The fundamental question which underlies these problems is one of what values and skills young people are acquiring in high schools, and how these intersect with what they competing norms, it is easy to foresee the conflict which rises from distinctive itself relevant. If a community is conceived of as a social system often containing competing norms, it is easy to foresee the conflict which rises form distinctive roles assigned to adolescents in the domains of education, employment, criminal justice, the family, the peer group, and the mass media. Education must reflect social changes occurring in all of these partially autonomous areas, if congruence between "school" and "community" is to be reestablished. (GC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Community, Norms, Role Conflict, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Socialization, Values
Not available separately; See UD 019 979
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: For related documents, see UD 019 979-987; Paper prepared for the National Conference on Urban Education (4th, Philadelphia, PA, November 18-21, 1978)