ERIC Number: ED048070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Nov-10
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New Dimensions for History Teaching in the Schools.
Scott, John A.
The Wingspread Conference on the Social Studies, sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools in June 1968, has offered important leadership in bringing history and social science education into the 20th century. A significant departure from other innovative efforts within the profession was the heavy involvement of classroom teachers. Some highly useful ideas for bringing about needed changes in social studies education also emerged. Briefly stated, some of these are: 1) we must help youth to seek the truth about modern life... face it more freely, and change it more fully, rather than continue to indoctrinate through rote memorization of facts; 2) classroom work will have meaning only if it is related to community commitment outside the classroom; 3) the informed public opinion that could act as a check on the irresponsible exercise of power by the United States Government does not yet exist. The classroom must critically confront the realities of nuclear power, the military industrial complex, etc; and, 4) Black studies are not needed merely or especially for blacks, but for whites. Wingspread also called for the establishment of a clearinghouse and newsletter for disseminating information about innovation in secondary social studies. Some major revisions in teacher training are needed in order to accomplish these objectives. (JLB)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Educational Personnel Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; American Historical Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.