ERIC Number: ED168952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1950-May
Reference Count: 0
Fifth National Conference on Citizenship.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC.; National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Presented are general session and discussion group reports from a citizenship conference held in Washington, D.C. in May, 1950. Sponsored by the National Citizenship Committee of the National Education Association and the United States Department of Justice, the conference provided a forum for examination of the functions and duties of American citizenship after World War II. Conference participants included representatives from civic, religious, educational, professional, industrial, labor, and communications groups. The conference theme was "Loyal Citizens in Action--You Are Your Government." The proceedings are presented in three major sections, which correspond to the major conference topics. The first section focuses on voting. Opening speeches dealt with how voters decide among candidates and ways to encourage high voter turnout. The second section presents speeches and discussion relating to the need for citizens to base participation upon accurate information. Topics discussed include providing field-trip experiences in government agencies to students and encouraging newspaper editors to present broad outlines of political facts and information. The final section offers discussion about how organizations can improve citizenship. Recommendations include that schools should help students understand the privileges and obligations of citizenship, the federal government should organize a National Commission on Citizenship, and community citizenship organizations should coordinate their activities. (DB)
Descriptors: American Culture, Citizen Participation, Citizenship, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics, Critical Thinking, Democratic Values, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, Government Role, Higher Education, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Moral Development, Peace, Politics, Social Change, Socioeconomic Influences, United States History, Values, War
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.; National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Photographs and italics throughout document may not reproduce clearly ; Papers presented at the National Conference on Citizenship of the National Education Association (5th, Washington, D.C., May 20-24, 1950)