ERIC Number: ED110369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
The Problem of Citizenship Training in the Age of Aquarius.
Vermont State Dept. of Education, Montpelier.
This paper attempts to aid Vermont educators in re-examining traditional education practices designed to foster responsible citizenship behavior patterns in youth, and establishes basic directions for new programs and procedures. The paper outlines behavioral objectives and goals of a new citizenship program in Vermont. It is the position of this paper that responsible behavior must be considered within the context of democracy, defined both as a basis of government and as a way of conducting human relationships. Because the educational system has not responded swiftly enough to the need for preparation of responsible citizens, it is the role of the schools to improve their performance in the following three areas: equip students with the kind of skills and knowledge necessary to operate within the system; provide the decision-making experiences necessary for the development of mature behavior patterns; and instill the attitudes of responsibility and restraint which undergird democratic citizenship. The second area of improvement is in the methods of teaching democracy. Basic differences between the old and new way lie in the recognition that democracy is a process, not just a body of knowledge, that it draws heavily upon all disciplines, and that the values that guide behavior in responsible ways are better based on a personal discovery of the validity of substantive values. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vermont State Dept. of Education, Montpelier.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont