ERIC Number: ED067320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Values and Schooling: Perspectives for School People and Parents.
Shaver, James P.
The purpose of this lecture is to provide a perspective from which parents and school people can formulate reasoned opinions on what the school's role should be in regard to students' values. The author offers a definition of values and discusses three rough categories of values--esthetic, instrumental, and moral. The school is a creature of the society it serves--in our case, a democracy. Thus, the perspective from which we view questions about schooling and values should include a considered definition of a democratic society. It is important to recognize that teachers/administrators are agents of the society. The society is within its rights in refusing to employ those who would use the school for subversion. But, in light of the earlier discussion of values and pluralism, a decision as to what constitutes subversion may be difficult to make. As agents of the society, the teacher/administrator must be beholden to a conception of democracy that goes beyond responding to strident local interests and prejudices. The basic position--that the school's role is to assist students to develop a basis for their values that is as rational as possible is a basic theme for discussing values and schooling, though there are some variations depending on the types of values under consideration. The democratic commitment to human dignity, especially if students are considered humans, has much to say about what the school should be doing, and what parents should demand it does, about values. (Author/JLB)
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Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Faculty Association.
Note: Annual Faculty Honor Lecture in the Humanities, Utah State University, Spring, 1972