ERIC Number: ED302479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
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Among the Educationaloids: The Social Studies Debacle.
Finn, Chester E., Jr.
American Specator, p14-15 May 1988
This article argues that students are not receiving a high quality social studies education and are not being prepared for citizenship in a democracy; that the most serious failings of social studies courses are conceptual, philosophical, and ideological, and that what social studies experts want students to learn is not what parents and other citizens expect them to learn. An irony in the current trend toward global education is, that it permits teachers to forget that one of the biggest curricular reforms of the 1920s and 1930s was the "expanding environment" approach, whereby children were taught concepts of self, families, schools, neighborhoods, and regional environments before taking up such vast considerations as the oneness of all humankind with which the globalists would now have them begin. An emphasis on reflective decision-making is criticized for its failure to promote the learning of social studies facts. The few social studies-related courses that most school systems require will not endow future citizenry with informed political visions. California is lauded for its recent social studies curriculum guide, "The History-Social Science Framework," that combines history, geography, and civics into a 12-year sequence promoting the teaching of democratic values. (JHP)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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