ERIC Number: ED390119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Education's Role in the Struggle for Americans To Be Equal in the Eyes of Each Other.
Browder, Lesley H., Jr.
America has two conflicting visions of equality. The first evolved during the American Revolution through the 1960s, which is identified with the phrase "equality of opportunity." The second vision, advanced since the 1960s, embraces the concept of affirmative action to redress social injustices. In an attempt to reach accord on these conflicting visions of equality, the American public school has become one of several major battlegrounds. This paper examines these differing visions of equality as traditional and postmodern concepts, identifies their operational expression in the public schools, and reflects on the nature of America's conflict over equality. It also analyzes educational programs with the most potential to help Americans see each other as equals, and concludes that character education has the most potential for doing so. Character education, it is argued, would be a means for articulating the principles that America was founded upon--equality before the law, equal treatment by the state, and freedom as the guiding principle of society. Character education undergirds an understanding that individual success must be won, not provided. (Contains 139 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (49th, Williamsburg, VA, August 8-12, 1995).