ERIC Number: ED081711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Social Studies and Reality. A Commitment to Intelligent, Social Action. Publication No. 1.
This essay is the first of a series of occasional papers written by members of the Humanistic Education Project. The purpose is to examine the possibility that philosophy might in fact provide a foundation for educational practice; that philosophy would provide practical knowledge concerning what ought to be done so students and teachers could deal intelligently with social reality in an effort to bring about change without the use of force. After some initial definitions of politics and ethnics, the theme of this essay is developed in four parts. An analysis of ethical theory believed relevant to the current crisis in education is followed by an analysis of political theorizing thought to be relevant to the educational crisis. Consideration of the relationship, if any, between ethics and politics is described, as is the consideration of the implications of the theoretical discussion for educational practices. It is argued that practices allowing teachers to help students deal with society in an effort to bring about needed social change and action would include values clarification techniques, the methods of the social and physical sciences, and the dialectical method. (Author/KSM)
Descriptors: Activism, Curriculum Problems, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Educational Responsibility, Existentialism, Individual Power, Moral Values, Philosophy, Political Science, Political Socialization, Self Concept, Social Action, Social Change, Social Responsibility, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Values
Humanistic Education Project, University of North Carolina, Greensboro 27412 (Publication Number 1; Free)
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Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro. Humanistic Education Project.