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ERIC Number: ED115569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Pages: 7
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The Bicentennial and the Analysis of Public Issues.
Shaver, James P.
Consideration is given to making the discussion of issues provided by the American Issues Forum most meaningful for students and applicable to their decision making about issues outside of the classroom. The Bicentennial and the American Issues Forum provide an excellent opportunity to help students develop a better understanding of our society's roots, values, and of the role and inevitability of conflict. A meaningful treatment of the issues raised by the founding of the nation and by the consideration of public policy since then must take into account the nature of values in a democratic society. Basic values of our society conflict with one another because contradictory values lie dormant within each of us. A classic dilemma is equality versus freedom: complete freedom leads to inequalities, and to achieve complete equality the freedom of some must be restricted. The issues in the Forum can be seen as the history of the continuing struggle over the appropriate mix of values in our nation's policies. The discussion of these issues can provide powerful insights for understanding the present and for deciding about the future. To deal adequately with issues in the past, students will need some of the inquiry skills of historians. Decisions about issues must be made in terms of frames of reference present at that time, not in terms of those of today, in order to provide a basis for understanding why certain decisions were made and how interpretations change. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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