ERIC Number: ED046523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Crisis in Values. 1970 White House Conference on Children, Report of Forum 4. (Working Copy).
Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Traditionally-expressed American values include health, personal dignity, freedom of choice, respect for the rights and humanity of others, the right to love and be loved. A big gap exists, in many instances, between values professed and values actually lived in pursuit of "success." Our children know this, and the result has been a sense of confusion, of frustration, and of alienation, often resulting in embitterment and dropping out. This forum affirms these principles: (1) that society accept the right of persons to pursue life styles that differ from the American mainstream, so long as others are not hurt; and (2) that every child has the right to optimum development. To achieve these goals, general recommendations are made concerning family, media, school, religion, research, and the role of government. Institutions should judge the effects of their policies on the lives of children and correct any practices which belie the values they profess. An appendix comprising one half of the paper gives responses of 10- to 12-year-olds, from three sections of the country, to a Social Values Inventory. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.