ERIC Number: ED314359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Global/International Education: What Political Stance? Issues in Education.
Recognizing that global education did not speak with one voice, that global educators could not even always find ways to speak to each other, and that this internal situation made it very confusing for those outside the field, the conference planners brought together a group of global educators to discuss what assumptions and beliefs should underlie public education in a democracy. The participants agreed on six assumptions: (1) Schools should value and cherish children. School should be a place where the dignity of the individual is honored and where norms of behavior would allow students to feel safe and free to think critically and speak and act out of personal conviction. (2) Schools should teach students to value democratic principles and practices. (3) Schools should prepare citizens to make informed decisions and participate effectively in local, state, national, and international communities. This would require that schools teach students thinking skills so they can weigh information and make critical judgments. (4) Schools should teach about others with fairness and evenhandedness. (5) Schools should help students make moral judgments. (6) Both the community and professional educators have unique and complementary roles in designing responsive schools. These six assumptions are discussed, and some of the unresolved issues and remaining questions are enumerated. A list of conference participants and information about the sponsoring agencies conclude the document. (JB)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Cultural Education, Democracy, Democratic Values, Dissent, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, School Responsibility, School Role, Teacher Responsibility
Stanley Foundation, 420 East Third St., Muscatine, IA 52761 (single copies free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Stanley Foundation, Muscatine, IA.
Note: Summary of conference cosponsored by Alliance for Education in Global and International Studies (AEGIS), Global Educators, Las Palomas de Taos, and the Stanley Foundation (Taos, NM, April 7-9, 1989). For related documents, see SO 020 503-504.