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ERIC Number: ED111892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-23
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Do Americans Really Like Children? Draft -- Position Paper.
Keniston, Kenneth
This position paper explores American under-development in the area of policy formation concerning children and families. Three pressing problems believed to be faced by American children and their parents are presented and discussed. These are: (1) the depopulation of the family, said to be largely attributable to the changes, assumptions, and newly generated demands for consumption, and not to the faults of individual parents; (2) the intellectualization of the child, said to originate in the nature of the American economic system and its influence on the school systems -- quantifying, measuring, and using these measurements to perpetuate the relative positions of existing groups in the society; and, (3) the problem of perpetuation of exclusion, siad to affect children characterized by the four factors of race, poverty, handicap, and parents overwhelmed by life. This last problem is discussed and explained in terms of the economic system. A final section on individual uplift and social change concludes by underlining the posited contrast between individual blame and uplift, and the need for social and economic change. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Ortho-psychiatric Association Meeting (Washington, D.C. March 23, 1975)