ERIC Number: EJ874677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
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Character and Citizenship
Uerling, Donald F.
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, v2 n3 p203-208 Jul 2004
The American way of life rests on a foundation of rational thought and civil behavior. Simply put, the strength of America depends on its culture--the set of beliefs, values, and behavioral norms to which most citizens adhere. Most educators have always viewed schooling for character and citizenship as a fundamental purpose of public education. Nevertheless, schooling that touches on personal beliefs, values, and behaviors can become a topic of controversy. The thesis of this article is that public schools have both the legal authority and the educational responsibility to provide schooling for character and citizenship. It begins with a review of constitutional principles expressed in selected Supreme Court cases and ends with some observations about such schooling from an educational perspective.
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Public Education, Role of Education, Citizenship, Personality, Educational Responsibility, Political Socialization, Beliefs, Social Values, Behavior, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, School Law, Student Rights
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States