ERIC Number: ED168954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1952-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Seventh National Conference on Citizenship.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC.; National Education Association, Washington, DC.
The document presents proceedings from the seventh in a series of annual national citizenship conferences. Held in Washington, D.C. in September, 1952, the conference served as a forum for more than 1,000 educational, political, business, religious, labor, civic, and communications leaders to explore functions and duties of American citizenship. The theme of the conference was "Rights of the Citizen Under the Constitution." Speakers focused upon helping citizens exercise their constitutional rights, encouraging voter turnout, conserving the American way of life, fostering appreciation of the privileges and duties of American citizenship, improving the democratic process, and preserving freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. Eighteen discussion groups focused on Constitutional rights and identified problems related to the exercise of these rights. Rights identified as fundamental included fair and speedy trial, equal justice under law, freedom of speech, and the right to dissent. Civic responsibilities identified as attendant to these rights included voting, obeying duly enacted laws, paying taxes, supporting the armed forces, opposing subversive persons and organizations, and putting public interest ahead of private advancement. Suggestions for increasing constructive citizenship action included increasing civic participation, improving citizenship education in schools, reducing discrimination, increasing neighborliness, and reducing civic apathy. (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: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.; National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see SO 011 621-628; Not available in hard copy from EDRS due to worn print type of original document; Proceedings from the National Conference on Citizenship of the National Education Association (7th, Washington, D.C., September 17-19, 1952)