Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 1, 1977 · Page 32
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Part 15: Moral Choices in America Wfd.,June 1,1977 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 33 American racism characterized by moral duplicity Editor's Note: This h (he 0 J the opposite. enable rights" that justified the mt«nth of 16 articles In the Almost every child at some American Revolution at the series, "Moral Choices In time before adolescence is same time that he and other Contemporary Society." In this required to cease questioning Founding Fathers continued to artlclethepsychologtstKenneth flagrant moral inconsistencies accept and justify human B. Clark discusses the duplicity on the part of some authority slavery, they laid the founda- that leads Americans to profess figure by being indirectly or tion for the "moral schizo- About the author KENNETH B. CLARK race relations, and affirmative Distributed by action programs. His books United Press International include "Prejudice and Your - -- --- - Kenneth B. Clark is Distin- Child,"theprize-winning"Dark sei oi idealistic principles explicitly told, "Do as I say, phrenia" that continues to guished Professor of Psycholo- Ghetto," and "Pathos of regarding race that are con- not as I do." The frequency dominate America. Every gy Emeritus of the City College Power." His work on the itantly violated In practice, with which individuals are American child must be social- of the City University of New effects of segregation on These articles, which explore required to adjust to. various ized to come to terms with the York and a member of the New children was cited by the the controversial moral dllera- forms of moral duplicities in twin realities of the morality of York State Board of Regents. United States Supreme Court in ue( . orae mas Miat perplex Americans complex societies suggests that the American ideals and the He Is also president of Clark, Brown v. Board of Education pa | t e rn and fabric ol COURSES^YNEWSPAPPR 1 " ?"""?,' ^ptance of these "practical" reality of the Phipps, Clark and Harris, Inc., (1954), in which the court ruled political.economic.educa COURSES BY NEWS youth in the late 1960s and the obtaining economic advantages human species. Collective, insti- early 1970s, they did not make from government officials. tulional immorality no matter the rejection of American racist These are the educational and how sophisticated and intellec- practices a clear and sustained intellectual leaders who seek to tually rationalized, now objective of their protests. justify racial segregation in our emerges as even more destruc- The problems of coping with schools, colleges and universi- live potentially than inlerper- societal moral duplicity do not ties -- or remain silent in the sonal forms of immorality, remain personal. They start face of this flagrant contradic- Accepted collective moral with society, they infect in- tion of the meaning and duplicity merely postpones dividuals and they become purpose of education. These are human extinction. This ana- institutionalized, men who consider segregation chronism invites the ultimate They become parts of the normal and who find it difficult catastrophe. if our to understand those who ques- Racism and all other forms rnnnCF'SRVNpwcpAiipn ,, i" i . . "· ·" j , ·------- ------· - --- i...i,j,,., -- u . n u u u UUI , 3 ,.,«,., .,,,,-,,, ,,........ puuucai, economic, educational tion their right, indeed their of institutionalized and rational- oroerim develoned b^Sr lnc ° n . slst f ncies ! 5 "" m(dex ot · t ?TM ii vlolalion ° f these a firm established in 1975 to that schools segregated accord- and religious life. obligation, to function in terms ized inhumanity and cruelties sltv Eitenslon llnlv^livTf S °!|!?" ,[ mA ma ' ur «y ; ld ?f ls - ... . . provide professional consulta- ing to race were inherently Moral duplicity becomes eu- of an unquestioned and "realis-are forms of moral duplicity. If cillfornta S.B Dl.» »nH who for whatever Our children are taught that tion on personnel matters with unequal and therefore unconsti- phemistically rationized by tic" Machiavellian dualism. mankind is to survive, the most hinted bv «**i fro' ih T' T, '" ^ all men: are created equal in emphasis on human relations, tutional. such terms as "practical," The advice which Machiavelli "practical" and "realistic" National^Endowmen, h^t "»"* «".fWTMy are tf tat segregated schools and segre- ^^ ^_ "realistic," "hard headed" and gave to the Prince can be basis for human interaction Hu" "nities £ · a *"" "" · ^ "" ^ f ?, "* f"; " lou S h TM in(ieli -" TM e " «- "TMTM cd "P as ^ '° c()nfuse musl "»«» a "« adh "TM^ ConvHrtt 1977 hv th. n » , ? Sm 'T ,", IT , E n crete mocjke TM s ° t » e TM rds of "fatherhood of God and the as long as they are not ""lined, it * revealed that personal morality with those to consistent moral ideals. o f t h e U n v r tvo.c!m Deviants and "troubemakers." justice and equality brotherhood of man." personally victimized these terms mean that the taperatives which are required tvKENNETH^r ARK , ^^lit , .'* t f° f "', Parents must find ways to P More sensitive human beings ^repancy between moral as the leader of the state. The views expressed in ByK ZibTdby ARK !T£±reK rmocraVTre 1 "^ ".-«neir children understand tend to internalize guilt ;',£ values and immora, practices This simplistic Machiavellian COURSES BY NEWSPAPER his parents, his teachers, his their religious leaders .must be When Thomas Jefferson Iran- careful not to alienate their rabbi or his priest are capable slated the Judaic-Christian parishioners by being too of saying one thing and principleofhumanequalityinto demanding in a literal interpre- believing or behaving in terms the political principle of "inali- tatlon of the concept of the In recent years we have seen "success." aspect of the "democratic" an increasing number of young individuals are the agents for WE HAVE A DREAM - Will the dream of racial equality fail to be realized because of the realities of American racism? (Gordon Menzie-Photophile) 'Mega high schools' add up to poor way to educate teen-agers By PATRICIA McCORMACK UPI Education Editor .The. nation's huge or mega high schools, with a course for every social problem from car accidents to drug addiction, add up to a poor way to educate teen-agers. Accusing high schools of being no shows on effectively educating adolescents are authorities who participated in a Mystic, Conn., area conference of the National.Association of State Boards of Education a while back. In Bloomington, Ind., meanwhile, an unusual Task Force is beating the drums for the Walkabout movement -- a crusade.that may help schools do more for teen-agers. "Walkabout".--in a capsule: A six-month hands-on'program that promotes a successful transition from childhood to adulthood via individual academic; physical and social challenges. Before hearing more about "Walkabout," listen to what was said by the experts rapping mega high schools. . "Big schools have a limited capacity for doing a limited number of things well," said John Henry Martin of Teachers College, Columbia University, New. York. "But we overburden them. The high school has become the largest rug ever invented by a society to sweep its problems under. "To solve each new social problem-from car accidents to drug addiction-we simply add a new course." Martin also picked at "artificial age segregation in the modern high school." He said it prevents adolescents from seeing adult role models and deprives adults of input from youths -- ideas and enthusiasm. Other panelists agreed with him, calling for more work study programs, more flexible attendance patterns, individualized curriculum planning and contracting out some educational programs. Connecticut Juvenile Court Judge Frederica Brenneman said, "Society should look closely at the mega high school curriculum designed to turn out a generation of nuclear scientists." "Most students will become parents, voters, users of leisure time and workers," she said, "and the programs should reflect that." It turns out that the "Walkabout Movement" may do just that. Walkabout was brought to the attention of the American education community several years ago when Prof. Maurice 'Gibbons, of Simon Eraser University in British Columbia, proposed it in the Phi Delta Kappan, magazine of a national graduate education honorary. It is a contemporary version of the aborigines' rights of passage from childhood to adulthood. Phi Delta Kappa and the National Association of Secondary School Principals joined in forming a National Task Force on Walkabout. Seed money came from the Rockefeller Family Fund. In an interview, Dr. Willard Duckett, national coordinator of Walkabout, said the movement is gaining support. Walkabout "survival skills" now are a part of the education plan in Oregon, California, Florida, New Jersey. All are different but insist that students demonstrate survival skills -reading, writing, computation, filling out an income tax and so forth. "Walkabout" proposals are before the legislatures of 20 states, including New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida. The .goals of "Walkabout" include: -- Adventure. Endurance and skill challenges. -- Creativity. Hands-on experience in radio, pottery, poetry or something creative.. -- Logical inquiry. Challenge to develop one's curiosity and pursue areas of independent investigation. Interview the victim of a crime or research a law case or follow a bill through congress. -- Volunteer service. -- Practical skills. Tuning an auto, refinishing furniture, filing out income tax forms. Any work that demonstrates a reduction of one's dependence on others. -- World of work. Get a job -- from looking to filling out an application to interview to work. "The idea," Derrick said, "is to give the teen-agers opportunities to use initiative, develop self confidence, courage and proficiencies. "We've got to get students more personally involved in their own education. If we don't, we lose them. Unless they're involved they have no motivation. Without motivation, there's no learning." (For further information on Walkabout, write to Walkabout Task Force, Phi Delta Kappa, Box 789, Bloomington, Ind. 47401). ALL KINDS OF LOANS New Used Cars Pickups Household Goods Appliances Home Improvement Loans WELD COUNTY INDUSTRIAL BANK £?*"*, ^HM 'H "tlf ^ T^""," "* T ? 7TM T ' ," T-, T T ra g against the success and sitivity. These are generally consequences. affluence of their families, by . successful individuals, reward- Most human beings appear to escaping into cults and com- ed individuals, accept the given moral incon- munes and wandering off into These individuals are fre- sistencies of their society either morally uncharted jungles for quently found in governmental, passively or cynically. They personal self-destruction. corporate, educational and reli- accept the facts of injustice as it is ironic and indicative of gious leadership roles, given, adopt a personal "dog- the depth of racist indoctrina- These are the main charac- eat-dog" philosophy, and func- tion of American children that ters of Watergate. These are tion in terms of the prevailing even at the height of the the corporate leaders who rationalizations of their society collective rebellion of American design and implement bribes in Prince in the early 16lh and colleges. Century. 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