ERIC Number: ED436620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Public Schools: A Place Where Children Can Learn To Get Along with Others in a Diverse Society.
Rentner, Diane Stark; Jennings, Jack; Kober, Nancy
Public schools are one of the main institutions that create cohesion among diverse groups of individuals. Schools are places where children can learn social and citizenship skills that help them live harmoniously and become contributing members of society. Research shows that parents recognize that getting along with others is a necessary skill. Though many of today's public schools are racially and economically isolated, these shortcomings do not diminish the importance of teaching children to be tolerant of differences and to understand and respect other cultures and other people's views. It is important for children to learn tolerance and respect because: the United States is becoming more diverse; the workforce is becoming more diverse and the economy more international; and national cohesion and social harmony depend on people overcoming divisions and understanding each other. Public schools are good places for children to learn respect and tolerance of others because: they better reflect the diversity of American society than private schools; they are a place where children learn social skills naturally; and throughout U.S. history, they have helped to promote social harmony. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Education Policy, Washington, DC.