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ERIC Number: EJ935551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1550-1175
Self-Government as a System of Education (1931)
Carillo, Francisco
Schools: Studies in Education, v8 n1 p90-96 Spr 2011
One of the most important problems in education is that of inculcating a sense of citizenship. Most of the social and political disturbances in the world are due to the failure to perform duties and the false interpretation of rights--both apparently the outcome of ignorance. For that reason, it is most important that children should be accustomed to the conscious exercise of citizenship. Methods of education seem to be tending towards two extremes, both equally deplorable. One of these extremes consists in stifling the child's individualism, systematically checking all his natural tendencies--suppressing instead of channeling them. The other extreme produces uncontrolled, egotistical and vicious personalities, generally of a rebellious disposition. Both these systems are equally objectionable, and educational methods should follow the mean between the two extremes. That involves laying greater stress on training in citizenship in the schools; and this is the essential object of the educational system known as the "Child Community." In this essay, the author discusses what has been done in this direction in Spain. He draws conclusions from the experience of over 30 years of study and professional practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain