ERIC Number: ED425117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
A Call to Civil Society: Why Democracy Needs Moral Truths. A Report to the Nation from the Council on Civil Society.
Institute for American Values, New York, NY.; Chicago Univ., IL.
This report states there are at least 12 seedbeds of civic virtue considered to be the foundational sources of competence, character, and citizenship. The report also claims that the decline of these qualities is cause for weakening morality and the endangerment of continuing self-governance; and as the social morality deteriorates, life becomes harsher and less civil for everyone, and social problems multiply. The report states the primary challenge for the United States is the moral renewal of the democracy through three proposed goals: (1) to increase the likelihood that more children will grow up with their two married parents; (2) to adopt a new "civil society model" for evaluating public policies and solving social problems; and (3) to revitalize a shared civic story informed by moral truth. A strategy for renewal is given that outlines 41 recommendations to the family, community, religious institutions, voluntary civic organizations, the arts and art institutions, local government, primary and secondary education, higher education, business, labor, and economic institutions, and media institutions. A shared civic faith, a common civic purpose, and a public moral philosophy also are recommended. (LB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Democracy, Moral Values, Self Determination, Social Problems
Institute for American Values, 1841 Broadway, Suite 211, New York, NY 10023; Tel: 212-246-3942 ($7).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for American Values, New York, NY.; Chicago Univ., IL.