ERIC Number: EJ769960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
The Crisis in Upbringing
Vul'fson, B. L.
Russian Education and Society, v49 n6 p52-65 Jun 2007
What is man? How do people differ in terms of their biological and psychological characteristics? What determines their thoughts, desires, and actions? These eternal questions, which have confronted thinkers and scientists since antiquity, relate directly to problems of upbringing. Under current conditions, it is increasingly obvious that to eradicate situations of crisis all over the world regarding the development of the individual, what is essential is not the transformation of public structures in whatever form they may take, whether by revolution or evolution, but something that is much more difficult: profound changes in mentality and behavior, changes that will ennoble people's inner world, confer new content upon their strivings, their social and esthetic ideals, and their understanding of good and evil. The task is to pursue, through better upbringing, the shaping of the humanistic consciousness of the individual, the group, society, and all of humanity. Genuinely humanistic upbringing encounters complex problems: it cannot be achieved automatically; it demands a great deal of effort on the part of teachers and upbringers as well as substantial changes in the system of upbringing itself, and a rethinking of certain fundamental propositions that seemed axiomatic not long ago. The task is not to create or reinstate the practice of ideological censorship in order to protect the self-serving interests of the political establishment. But it is essential to implement a well-thought-out state policy that is capable of safeguarding citizens, first and foremost young people, against encroachments against the moral foundations of a civilized society.
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Child Development, Antisocial Behavior, Social Values, Moral Values, Social Attitudes, Social Problems, Family (Sociological Unit), Foreign Countries, Moral Development, Parent Role, Parent Influence, Teacher Influence, Child Rearing
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Identifiers - Location: Russia