ERIC Number: ED080649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Strategy for Productive Sociopolitical and Educational Behavior.
Hill, Milton; Mullen, David J.
Drastic change is taking place in America today. If drastic change does indeed foster revolution then our challenge is to help bring about peaceful revolution by making those changes that give power to the powerless. Both the majority and the minority groups are presented with the challenge of developing strategies and techniques for implementing these strategies which will impart the educational, technical, social and political skills which will enable the weak to get bread, human dignity, freedom and strength by their own efforts. The American political system will yield only to imcremental changes. These can however be consistent--depending upon the ability of groups and factions to mobilize large numbers of people. A strategy for productive sociopolitical behavior could utilize David Easton's model of a political system which emphasizes environmental influences on political activity. Along with changes in the sociopolitical arena are concomitant changes in other institutions such as the school. Educational innovation and sociopolitical innovation have been riding anunprecedented wave of concern. The bureaucratic structure of the school system and the political system is speaking and cracking at the joint. What is needed by those of us responsible for providing leadership in the school is a management strategy for producing change. Organizational development is an emerging management strategy which is action research oriented. It is a process which can be used to attack any problem in the schools. [Some pages in this document are only marginally legible.] (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Black Community, Change Agents, Community Development, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Organizational Development, Political Influences, Political Issues, Political Power, Power Structure, Self Help Programs, Social Action, Social Change, Socioeconomic Influences, Systems Approach
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., El Paso. Cross-Cultural Southwest Ethnic Study Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Cross-Cultural Southwest Ethnic Study Center Workshop entitled "Sociopolitical Environment and Education," June 27-29, 1972