ERIC Number: ED104032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
The Student Council: Who Needs It?
Mathes, George E.
"Who needs the student council?" The student needs the student council. Secondary school youth need practical experiences in doing those things expected of adults in a democratic society. The school needs the student council because the quality of education is improved when students are involved in an assessment of the educational experiences provided and have input in the ways the school can better meet the needs of the student and society. Society needs the student council as a way to prepare youth for successful living. If our democratic society is to survive, it must have a majority of adults who understand, appreciate, and participate in our democracy. The student council is the best means schools have yet devised to teach the ways of a democracy to our future citizens. Our youth must have practical experience in democracy and find these experiencies rewarding if they are to be loyal to democratic principles. (Author/DW)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Decision Making, Democracy, Democratic Values, Educational Objectives, High Schools, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Student Experience, Student Government, Student Leadership, Student Participation, Student Role, Student School Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (59th, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 7-12, 1975)