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ERIC Number: ED457593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 18
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The Voices Crying in the Wilderness: A Call for Common Sense and Ethical Practice in American Educational Reform.
Jackson, Valery L.
There is a need to generate an improved American educational perspective that does not deliberately undermine and/or destroy the basic structure of the family by devaluing the very processes and behaviors required to develop and maintain that essential structure over time. To accomplish this, the idea of the existence of acceptable behavior codes, which affect a social reality beyond the self, must be addressed. These behavior codes must suit the needs of the larger society. More educational researchers and practitioners must acknowledge the existence of a societal force beyond the self and communicate this to the students. There must be an acknowledgment that there should be a larger social responsibility and that this sense of responsibility is necessary for the maintenance of American families and their civilization. There is concern for the current educational direction and the emergent, self-centered dysfunctional family. The free dispersal of ideas without some semblance of ethical structure has contributed in some degree to the behavioral confusion in our society. Educators need to respect the student's democratic right for self-choice while providing the opportunity for the exploration of the purposes of civilization. Acceptable standards of human behavior that promote strong family units within appropriate societal parameters are essential. Additionally, America must not ignore the potential value and importance of promoting these social standard within the instructional processes of the public school system. (Contains 12 references.) (AUTHOR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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