ERIC Number: EJ700935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 0
Two Words in Need of Redemption
Social Education, v68 n1 pM2 Jan-Feb 2004
It appears that the worst name a person can be called is "politician." And the worst thing a person can be accused of doing is "compromising." This article asserts that negative attack-ad campaigning, so prevalent in recent years, has made the vocation of politician appear less attractive to young citizens. It indicates that the difference between campaign promises and the real policy-making that follows an election, usually painfully obvious, has made the art of compromise seem less than respectable. The article concludes that teachers, need to be more aggressive in helping students to see politics as an honorable and necessary activity in a democratic society. They need to move just as vigorously to help students see that compromise is an essential skill and strategy in governing.
Descriptors: Ethics, Democracy, Political Campaigns, Political Candidates, Politics, Citizenship Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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