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ERIC Number: ED258996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing Character: Transmitting Knowledge--The Thanksgiving Statement--One Assessment of a Statement on Education Policy.
Passow, A. Harry
Developing Character: Transmitting Knowledge, a statement signed by 27 educators intended to sustain the momentum for reform in American education, is discussed and critiqued. The author declined to sign the Statement and was asked to critically evaluate it. The Statement presents nine major issues, follows with a discussion of each, and concludes with a set of recommendations concerning each issue. Although the report criticizes the national reform reports for not dealing adequately with the topic of youth character, the Statement avoids such strategies as values education or sex education, and seems not to come to grips with the elements of character development which require cognitive and affective development and the creation of a climate of community in the school. The recommendations are viewed by this critic as restatements of the recommendations from some of the national reform reports such as "A Nation at Risk." He believes the recommendations are conservative and traditional and stray from the focus on character development of youth. By attempting to deal with the whole of education and schooling rather than those issues and recommendations concerning character development, the result is a Statement which is too traditional, too conservative, and too general. (Author/DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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