ERIC Number: ED313271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Education for Democracy: A Statement of Principles. Guidelines for Strengthening the Teaching of Democratic Values.
Freedom House, Inc., New York, NY.; American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.
Based on the premise that democracy's values will not survive if they are not purposefully transmitted to successive generations, this booklet proposes that U.S. schools increase efforts to improve citizenship education. The featured issues are: (1) the reasons improvements are needed; (2) what citizens need to know; and (3) the role of humanities and history instruction as the core of democratic education. The booklet concludes that there is a need for: (1) the teaching of a more demanding social studies curriculum; (2) a reordering of curricula around history and geography; (3) the using of enhanced imagination in history instruction; (4) increasing global studies; and (5) offering more humanities instruction, especially in literature, ideas, and biography. A major curriculum reform effort will require more effective textbooks and resource materials, collaboration between schools and universities, and new approaches to teacher education. (JHP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, History Instruction, Humanities Instruction, Instructional Development, Instructional Improvement, Social Studies, Values Education
Education for Democracy Project, American Federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Ave., Washington, DC 20001 (first copy free; additional copies, $2.50 each).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Freedom House, Inc., New York, NY.; American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.