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Education for Responsible Citizenship: The Report of the National Task Force on Citizenship Education


reviewed by Robert G. Hanvey 1979

coverTitle: Education for Responsible Citizenship: The Report of the National Task Force on Citizenship Education
Author(s): B. Frank Brown
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This volume opens with twenty-one committee-generated recommendations for strengthening civic education (some useful, others bland) and closes with a totally uninspired "citizenship test" prepared by George Gallup. In between there is semi-nourishment—a collection of eleven papers written for the most part by white male academics with professional roots or interests in education. At least half of the papers have some punch; they instruct us in the history of ideas, point to defects in the way we have traditionally conceived and organized the transmission of civic values and skills, analyze the implications of change in the world and the implications of research, propose fresh goals. Ralph Tyler talks of the need for "comprehensive citizenship education" in which planned out-of-school educational programs are at least as important as those in school. He admits the implicit threat to schools: The school cannot easily deal with comprehensive citizenship education, because it cannot be the chief contributor... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 80 Number 3, 1979, p. 613-615
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1114, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 2:06:12 PM

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