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ERIC Number: ED315328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 22
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A Rationale for Civic Education.
Ketcham, Ralph
Civic education in schools is necessary in a democratic society, so as to produce citizens who are able to participate in the system of self-government. Thomas Jefferson, Horace Mann, and John Dewey each emphasized the value of good citizenship and promoted the role of public education in teaching citizens the knowledge and skills necessary for responsible citizenship. The public concern with the quality of instruction in schools and for tax support of schools by all, is based upon a recognition of the benefit to all. Post-World War II emphasis in U.S. education on specialization and technical and vocational studies, has undermined liberal and civic education. Following Leo Strauss's criticism of the behavioral and quantitative emphasis, modern social science does not adequately educate people for political decision-making and participation in government, since it is not concerned with public spirit. The citizen's guiding purpose or perspective in self-government must be that of the public good, which is the result of an open and democratic process. Regarding the citizen in a democracy as an officeholder in government, the public spirit expected of any public official must be encouraged. This perspective needs to be explicitly taught at every level of education. (AS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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