ERIC Number: ED299214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Democratic Values in the Public Schools.
The values that are the foundations of the democratic system should be defined, taught, learned, and then put into action in the classroom. The issues associated with teaching values are so complex and controversial that many schools avoid dealing with them. These issues include: (1) teaching about religion; (2) teaching about citizenship and values; (3) training in citizenship and the behaviors related to it; and (4) budgeting money and time to teach citizenship education. Some suggestions for what the schools can do include: (1) using participatory decision-making in the classroom; (2) teaching moral reflection; (3) using real life situations from the classroom to encourage moral reflection; and (4) encouraging service to other people. (DJC)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Democratic Values, Learning Strategies, Moral Development, Moral Values, Participative Decision Making, School Role, Student Development
The American Jewish Committee, Institute of Human Relations, 165 East 56th Street, New York, NY ($1.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Jewish Committee, New York, NY.
Note: Paper originally presented at the Meeting of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (Los Angeles, CA, February 15, 1988).