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ERIC Number: ED132083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Ethics of Our Profession: The Student and Schooling.
Hartoonian, H. Michael
Student rights and responsibilities vis-a-vis knowledge (methods of study) and purposes of schooling are dealt with. In the area of knowledge, there are two important ethical concerns: students must be able to pursue truth and students have a right to privacy. Turning to the purposes of schooling, it is clear that in social studies education, the rationales seem beyond reproach. Citizenship, awareness of cultural heritage, and economic literacy are only three of many reasons stated relative to the purposes of social studies programs. Yet, because of involvement in the total schooling process and because of the almost mindless acceptance of the contradictions between stated purposes and the classroom, school administration, and societal practices, some ethical problems arise. Some concerns reflecting this condition include using children to change society, grading students for societal convenience, and training students with utilitarian skills deemed necessary by society's need for workers, parents, and citizens. At the core of this dilemma is the ethical issue of whether or not the school should prepare the student directly for society. Educators and society should consider possible ethical implications of educational developments which stress social needs and utilitarian skills at the expense of student rights. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Washington, D.C., November 4-7, 1976)