ERIC Number: ED403552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Living in an Adversarial Society. Concept Paper No. 11. NCTE Concept Paper Series.
Suggesting that U.S. society is an adversarial one that makes sure that certain groups of people fail, this paper explores the ascription of failure in the adversarial contexts of the family, the school, and the workplace. The paper argues that if Americans continue to ascribe pariah status to large segments of the society, then the United States will inevitably and perhaps irretrievably fall into decline, that one segment of American society cannot survive without the other, and that the central conundrum that needs to be considered is how to balance economic growth with social justice. The first part of the paper discusses adversarial conditions in the contexts of the family, schools, and the workplace. The second part of the paper discusses how to balance economic growth with social justice, including balancing equity with excellence in American schools and balancing economic development with the social support of families. A postscript stresses that in America the possibility exists for new ways of thinking to emerge and for the wisdom of humanity to overcome the indignities and humiliations of the past. Thirty-five notes are included. Contains 43 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Family Environment, Higher Education, Literacy, North American Culture, Racial Bias, Social Change, Social Discrimination, Socioeconomic Status, Work Environment
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096 (Stock Number 30194).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.