ERIC Number: ED313270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Schools and Civic Values. ERIC Trends/Issues Paper No. 2.
Patrick, John J.
In this paper, the questions of whether or not the transmission of common civic values and commitments to society should be a major goal of U.S. schools is considered. The effects of classroom, school, and society on civic values and attitudes are addressed in terms of: (1) the curriculum and classroom instruction; (2) school structures and climates; and (3) teaching and learning. The paper concludes that: (1) civic education in schools should emphasize constitutional democracy's core values; (2) U.S. citizens tend to be disappointed in the lack of responsible citizenship exemplified by the nation's youth; (3) interested persons tend to debate how the schools, in concert with other social agencies, can affect U.S. youths' character and citizenship education; and (4) U.S. citizens agree that education for responsible citizenship can be improved through an increased focus on school and societal agents. Thirty-four footnotes and a selective bibliography of ERIC resources is included. (JHP)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Schools, Social Agencies, Values Education, Youth
Publications Manager, Social Studies Development Center, Indiana University, 2805 East Tenth St., Bloomington, IN 47408 ($3.50).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Studies Development Center, Bloomington, IN.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.