ERIC Number: ED040111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
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Education and the Curse of Culture.
In times of severe social stress, social science is always plagued by the problem of its relevance. We are today involved in the most massive inward turning period in social science since World War II. We have to find answers to specific questions about such generalities as: (1) Who eats what? (2) What do we do with the "waste products"? (3) Who lives with whom in what kind of shelter? (4) Who dominates whom? (5) Who exploits whom? (6) Who has sexual relations with whom, under what circumstances, and to what ends? (7) Who invents what? (8) Who rationalizes what, and what form does the rationalization take? Theology? Science? Revolution? (9) Who teaches what and to whom? The anthropological way is to ask the question in such general terms that we perceive the vast differences from one society to another, from one era to another. Today we as humans are dealing with the curse of culture. We have already had its benediction: we are not "mere" animals. We are gourmets, drivers of automobiles, etc. What is relevant is learning to live with the curse of culture rather than to die under it. As social studies teachers, we have to examine the curse, to help our students to see that it is a fact of life, and to help give them the courage to find challenges instead of cop-outs. (DJB)
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Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
Note: Presented at National Council for the Social Studies General Convention. Houston, Texas, 1969