Political Socialization in the Schools

Political behavior has many facets and diverse origins—as the four articles in this issue suggest from a variety of perspectives. The following five authors were asked to look directly at the schools and to assess the contribution of formal education to current political activity in the United States. Polarized opinion among a few,and widespread concern among many, over the war in Vietnam were suggested as points of departure in the assessment, and the authors were encouraged to present alternatives to traditional models of political education.

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