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ERIC Number: ED066620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb-4
Pages: 15
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The Need for a Nationwide Program of Consumer Education Coordinated Through the Public School System.
Worthington, Robert M.
Among the major factors contributing to a concentration on consumer affairs is the emphasis placed on the need for consumer education by the 1968 Commission on Consumer Education. Consumer education today can no longer be limited to the goals of teaching an individual to maximize his own resources because no one lives in a vacuum. Every consumer-related action taken by an individual today is likely to have many ecological as well as economic repercussions of which we may not be aware. Our society is strongly geared to consumption, and consumers are faced with making increasingly complex and varied consumer decisions. Consumer education is needed if there is to be a really broad-based, viable consumer movement. The present movement has had some success in making people aware of how much and how often they are being gypped and endangered, but the movement has not played a significant role in governmental decision-making, largely because producers are well organized and informed while consumers are not. Immediate help is needed from the public schools if we are to effectively analyze and publicize the information necessary for intelligent and responsible consumption. (SB)
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Note: Presentation at the All-Eastern Consumer Education Conference (East Brunswick, New Jersey, February 4, 1972)