ERIC Number: ED049094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
How to Make Citizenship Education More Effective.
Krug, Mark M.
A realistic and challenging teaching of civics is needed in an age of increased concern of man for his fellow men. Textbooks are inadequate because of their emphasis on conclusions and judgments. Controversial issues must be submitted to critical research and critical thinking in the classroom. To promote understanding the uniqueness of American democracy, the author suggests: do not indoctrinate; give politics a distinguished place in citizenship education; include a study of J. H. St. John de Crivecoller, Martineau, de Tocqueville, and Bryce. Discussion of ideas and values are a legitimate study. Much new thinking and planning are needed to make the obligatory teaching of the constitution worthwhile and effective. It is usually taught as a document without origin, background, or setting; the emphasis is on content, not the evolving constitutional process; it is taught divorced from politics and the political process. (VLW)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Civics, Constitutional History, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Democracy, Democratic Values, Guides, Political Socialization, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Textbook Content, United States Government (Course)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Springfield.