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ERIC Number: EJ774525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Disrespecting Childhood
Dudley-Marling, Curt; Jackson, Janice; Stevens, Lisa Patel
Phi Delta Kappan, v87 n10 p748-755 Jun 2006
In the popular imagination, Americans are a child-loving people. Across the land, selfless parents take classes, read books, create playgroups, and exchange the latest information about how to ensure safe, contented, and productive childhoods. The range of public programs and policies benefiting children, directly or indirectly, offers further evidence of the high regard Americans have for their children. While these commonly held beliefs communicate a consistent and shared regard for children, when dug beneath the platitudes, people find a far messier and more complex set of assumptions, beliefs, and challenges to this inspiring image of the United States as a child-loving society. Here, the authors present evidence of policies and practices that are not respectful of children or childhood. To see what people can learn about the nation's respect for its young people and for childhood and adolescence as special times of life, the authors examine some of the dominant themes underlying two strands of education reform--standards and accountability and safe schools. Then they briefly discuss an alternative and more respectful vision of school reform that seeks to engage students in the process. (Contains 48 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States