Educating Our Youth Toward Responsible Citizenry.

973 words - 4 pages

Aristotle opened the last chapter of his Politics as follows 'No one should doubt that the legislature should direct his attention to above all the education of youth. The citizen should be moulded to suit the form of government under which he lives', (Leirman, pp. 9,1999). The great philosophers all paid strong attention to education. Thus, Plato's Republic, often held to be a political treatise, is in the first place a profound essay on education. Aristotle was a pupil of Plato's and they very often agreed to disagree on the role of family and community in education. "It should not take wonder, therefore, that education in Ancient Greece was conceived of as "the preparation and training of good citizens", (Leirman, pp. 8,1999). "Plato favored a communal system of education, with elimination of the family and parental control, whereas Aristotle was skeptical of this kind of commonwealth and saw the family as the nucleus of personal development and well-being. He pleaded for an education towards "social individuality", (Lierman, pp.9, 1999)."Yet both authors strongly agreed about the ethical basis of education", (Leirman, pp.10, 1999). We are made up of many groups with many different values, beliefs and norms. If we are going to live in peace with one another and enjoy the fruits of democratic political system and a prosperous capitalistic economic system we are going to have to create and perpetuate inter-group respect and harmony.Fortunately, there are a lot of laws on the books and a very stern judiciary branch of government to compel particularity organizations and institutions to not discriminate in areas like housing, employment and residence on the basis of group characteristics but nothing that specifically addresses the discriminatory practices in educational politics. Adoption of a Multicultural Curriculum is the first step. Although a multicultural curriculum is K-12 or higher education is an area of our life as a nation that is still pushing up hill against the grain. We must face the fact that the average American is not that well educated, has basic wages and income, travels (particularly abroad) very little and is still very suspicious even of the groups emerging in American society---African Americans, Arabs, Asians and Hispanics. Similar to the segregation of schools teaching and training at the state, local and national levels could possible shape K-12 individuals into multicultural creatures.Multiculturalism is many things to many people, however for the purposes of this effort I shall define this term as a variety of cultures in educational and English literature. Similar to cultural fusion yet more like the "melting multicultural pot". The desired result is not to become like everyone else, but add to your own culture while learning about others, so as not to unintentionally offend!Requiring prior knowledge about multicultural principles should now in no greater place than in public education, reflect training and practices...

Find Another Essay On Educating our Youth toward responsible citizenry.

Factors Which Influence Youth Voter Turnout

1319 words - 5 pages because they feel indifferent in regards to political practices. This causes them to turn out in drastically lower numbers than any other group. The second school of thought suggests that youth voters are not necessarily uninterested with the political systems, but instead they are misrepresented. I believe that America’s youth is slightly disconnected from the political world, but not for reason they are solely responsible for. Considering that

Sexual Education for Youth in Care

2044 words - 8 pages society, culture, and social service institutions, more steps need to be implemented to combat the challenges of sexually educating our youth. Media plays an important and markedly impacting role in the lives of our adolescents. Media and all its facets expand to reach all youth, paying no respect to the social status, ethical practices, or moral values one may hold. It impacts everyone and is aimed toward the challenges of growing up as a

American Skinheads

2497 words - 10 pages American Skinheads The closely shaved scalp and spouting white-supremacist beliefs are difficult to miss. Indeed, American skinheads have carved out a niche for their radical and very violent approach to what they deem as social and racial injustice, much the same way the Ku Klux Klan has achieved for its members throughout the twentieth century. As the world continues to spiral toward complete and utter eradication, there exists a select

The Industrial Food Complex

1029 words - 4 pages thought in their vision statements: “It is our dissatisfaction with the current reality, when compared with what is possible, that spurs us toward excellence and toward creating a better person, company, and world” (Whole Foods,Declaration of Interdependence 1997). Another means to initiate change is by supporting organizations that advocate legislation to ensure safe and humane conditions in the industry. A recent example of such change


1659 words - 7 pages that we as young people were not going to back down from our political feelings, our emotional feelings and our newly discovered citizenry. Havens believes that the spirit of Woodstock has saturated the world and has served the purpose of awakening minds to the fact that they too have the right to celebrate and be free. Thus did the Woodstock festival empower the youth, unite people of many races and ethnicity and become one of the most significant musical events of all time.

Boiling Points and Democracy Arguments for and against puplib judicial nomination

928 words - 4 pages legal realist coinciding with a Weiler judicial policy-maker model.Harper has accused the Supreme Court judiciary of being unconstitutional for many of the same reasons a follower of the declaratory model would contend that judges are neither representative nor responsible to the citizenry; he maintains that democratically elected personnel have the responsibility to make law and the appointed judiciary is liable to follow precedent by upholding

The Misconceptions of the American Agriculture Industry

1232 words - 5 pages large state fairs. 4-H has spread its philosophy to an international youth audience, and regularly awards and sponsors the 4-H trips and cultural events. The 4-H club currently has about 6.5 million members across America. Even though we’ve been educating our youth for many years, there is a small group of people that make their living attacking the United States Department of Agriculture. Misconceptions are often created by groups with

Restorative Action for Juvenile Justice Centers

1513 words - 7 pages Juvenile justice is the area of criminal law for a person not old enough to be held responsible for their criminal actions (“Juvenile Justice”). In most states this kind of categorization is determined by age, set at eighteen years old. In general, juvenile law is governed by state law and most states have an individual juvenile code set in place that contributes to the number of youth in detention centers today (“Juvenile Justice”). Despite

Alcohol and American Youth

643 words - 3 pages young people start drinking, the greater the chances to develop alcohol dependence. Research done by the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) in 1998 showed that youth who drank before age fifteen were four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence, also known as alcoholism, than those who began drinking at age twenty-one.What should be done?Federal FundingIf the government focused more of the budget on educating our


728 words - 3 pages consequences. While it may be impossible to eliminate domestic violence, it surely is possible to reduce it and prevent it. Some of the most common acts of violence spreading increasingly in our cities currently seem to be gang and money related. The acts committed are often a direct result of the friction between different gangs over various issues such as pride, land, guns, drugs, and money. In 2002, Canada had 434 youth gangs with roughly 7,000

Stephen L. Carter´s Just Be Nice

1111 words - 4 pages can only be stated as being an argument that is socially conservative by using sex education as the example of what has replaced deportment. In fact, he goes one further by making it seem that sex education is acceptable, only the curriculum is wrong. Nowhere in this argument do parents become a factor, which raises the question as to who is responsible for teaching social skills to America’s youth? If it doesn’t begin at home and is not

Similar Essays

Social Reconstructinism: An Effective Philosophy Essay

1496 words - 6 pages are in control of their education. And the most important part is presenting students with the problem so they can be motivated to make a change. The best thing about social reconstructinism is it promotes change in society. George Counts and John Dewey believed that schools and educational systems should improve our way of life and create an aware and active citizenry. Social Reconstructinism rejects the theory of Social Darwinism. Students who

Aristotle Essay

1616 words - 6 pages which the legislators draft the constitution forms the habits of the people. The third way in which we can see the value Aristotle places in character development lies within the way in which he relates the importance of educating the youth with the development of the state. Aristotle lived in Athens towards the end of the Peloponnesian wars, the vicious internal tensions within Greece revealed the inadequacies of both the radical

We Need A Sustainable Community Essay

1407 words - 6 pages the fact that we don't want to leave a legacy of dead ecosystems and unlivable areas due to contamination and pollution for our children and future generations? Arguably, the most important weapon against those that would pollute our air, water, and food sources is an educated citizenry. What if we are the polluters? Again, education and action is the key to resolving the problems associated with unsustainability. Once people understand the

The Great War Essay

2169 words - 9 pages government. This, plus the obvious dilemma of branding oneself a ‘coward’ in the eyes of a nationalistic citizenry, relieved most future soldiers from even considering an alternate action. In short, the choice to fight—had it not already been ingrained during his ‘patriotic’ upbringing—was never really an option for a Germanic youth. Perhaps the most important element to grasp in answering the question as to why