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ERIC Number: ED073020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov-5
Pages: 11
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Needed: A Democratizing of the Schools?
Engle, Shirley H.
The goal of civic education, as discussed in this paper, is responsible political activism. Although the word activism tends to conjure a negative image of a revolutionary student body for some, the term is used here to express active participation in the decision making process, respect for others' opinions, and upholding one's beliefs. In this view, education should approve of and encourage student activism. Schools, often in an effort to keep the peace, preserve the status quo regardless of the issue and opt for passivity of students. Activism then, can be explained, not by school activities but, rather, by out of school experiences. When a credibility gap exists between schools and students, activism may be a reaction not only to education, which often ignores social problems and ills of today, but also to schools which do not reflect participatory democracy. If civic education is to effect responsible student activism positively, it needs to provide curricular content reflecting the reality of political and social life and, further, to furnish a model of active and mindful civic behavior worthy of emulation, encouraging and providing a climate for student participation within school walls. (SJM)
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