ERIC Number: ED126605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Education in a Changing Economy.
Davidson, Ralph P.
The speaker addresses some concerns he, as a representative of private enterprise, has about education and the country. He sees a number of changes that have taken place since the founding of the country that may have brought about a crisis of the American promise. These changes have taken place in three areas: in the decline of our belief in reason as an instrument, in our understanding of what constitutes self-interest, and in our approach to equality. It is suggested that we rewrite the Declaration of Independence in our minds to read "that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inescapable duties and that among those duties are work, learning, and the pursuit of responsibility." Our attitude toward work still determines the kind of life we deserve. Our willingness to learn keeps our mind open both to the new and the old and keeps liberty real. A sense of responsibility, rather than hedonism, is necessary for the elusive goal of happiness. Only the willingness to perform certain duties can guarantee our rights. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Communication (Thought Transfer), Democracy, Democratic Values, Economics, Education, Higher Education, Language Proficiency, Political Socialization
Not available separately; see EA008541
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Note: Sixth paper of "Education Tomorrow: For Whom? Why?" (EA008541); For related documents, see EA008541-546