ERIC Number: ED103776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
The Silent Majority. The Problem of Apathy and the Student Council. New Directions for Student Councils, Number 15.
Keith, Kent M.
Student councils must be "people-conscious," perhaps doubly so since the success of any council ultimately depends on its ability to relate to its student body--to young people. Many councils, ingrown after years of self-perpetuation, are failing because they no longer get through to people. Speaking to no one but themselves, they have lost their "people-consciousness." And, in many cases, the silent majority of students, unheard and unhearing, have abandoned them. The author of this booklet sees a cure to this sickness of apathy that pervades both sides of many councils. It begins with the development of a new self-awareness by council members and can lead to renewed interest and involvement in council activities by members of the silent majority. In between lies a long road for council members that demands patience, preseverence, and understanding in the face of indifference and apathy. But the rewards, in terms of new human contacts, new experiences, and an invigorated student council, far outweigh the effort. (Author/PC)
Descriptors: Apathy, Interpersonal Relationship, Pamphlets, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Self Evaluation, Social Problems, Student Government, Student Needs, Student Participation
The National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1201 16th Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. 20036 (HC-$2.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
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