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ERIC Number: ED350183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Social Education to the Rescue!
Beardsley, Donna A.; Townsend, Lucy Forsyth
This paper draws a parallel between the social problems the United States faces today and the problems the country faced in the latter part of the 19th century. Contemporary efforts of educators to address social problems with new curricula can be likened to similar efforts made by 19th century educators. The 19th century effort included the introduction of "social education." Social education is described by discussing the popular teacher's handbook of the time, "Mistakes in Teaching" by James Laughlin Hughes. The main principles of social education, as conveyed in Hughes's book, were critical inquiry, citizenship education, and personal development. These principles presented a powerful rationale in the late 1800s for the inclusion of social subjects in the curriculum. These same principles remain pertinent to today's efforts to revitalize the social studies curriculum. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hughes (James Laughlin); Mistakes in Teaching (Hughes)