ERIC Number: ED162947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Options in Education Transcript: Program No. 135: "Learning To Be an American."
George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for Educational Leadership.; National Public Radio, Washington, DC.
The transcript from a National Public Radio program discusses the school as a training ground for citizenship. Comments by professional and academic persons are interspersed with opinions of White House tourists. A short introductory definition of citizenship provides the framework for the ensuing discussion. After an assessment of citizenship education in the schools by Henry Steele Commager, the transcript illustrates how the schools provide a training ground for citizenship. Students at the John Adams School in Alexandria, Virginia role-play the American Revolution. The growth of "street law" courses which help lay persons learn the practical aspects of law has impacted upon the schools and the curriculum of traditional civics courses. Although requirements for political science in teacher-training programs have become lax, remediation is available through privately-sponsored courses like the Taft Seminar in New York City. Further government funding in local program development is needed to promote an informed citizenry. The school is assumed to be appropriate ground for citizenship training, but the transcript ends with Commager questioning this premise. (MR)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Responsibility, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Nontraditional Education, Political Socialization, Programing (Broadcast), Radio, School Role, Scripts
National Public Radio--Education, Washington, D.C. 20036 ($0.50, paper cover)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Corporation for Public Broadcasting, New York, NY.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for Educational Leadership.; National Public Radio, Washington, DC.
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