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ERIC Number: ED397048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 6
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Teaching in the 21st Century.
Pauley, Joanne
Among the issues facing teachers as the 21st century approaches are: the prevalence of violence, growing racial and socioeconomic divisions in society, and lack of parental involvement. Activities gathered from articles in educational journals are suggested to help children voice their experiences, thoughts, and concerns about violence. Some of these activities are: inviting a police representative to visit the classroom, having children become aware of violence on a favorite television program and then rewriting the show without violence, and helping children feel safe by assisting them in writing the names of people and places to which they can go when feeling scared. Teachers must be aware of not passing on cultural stereotypes; while elementary school children are not able to conceptualize socioeconomic differences in terms of profession and status, in the current consumer-oriented world, the advantages of wealth and disadvantages of poverty soon become evident to them. Also, teachers should learn as much as possible about the dynamics of their communities and recognize the messages that children are absorbing in their daily experience. Suggestions for promoting parental involvement include recruiting a volunteer to become a liaison between teacher and parents, showing respect for parents by treating them as co-workers rather than as free help, asking for parents' input, and thanking them for their participation. (ND)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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