The Epidemic: The Rot of American Culture,
Absentee & Permissive Parenting, and the
Resultant Plague of Joyless, Selfish Children

ED 501 Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

The Epidemic: The Rot of American Culture.Absentee & Permissive Parenting. by Robert Shaw. 2003. New York: Harper Collins. 240 pages.

Course Description

This course will examine the moral decline of American culture, absentee or permissive parenting and the resulting plague of joyless, selfish children. Numerous social issues related to technology, media content, marriages, sexuality, values and family systems in the current culture are examined. The ramifications of these social issues on schools and students who bring those social behaviors into classroom settings are discussed. Recommendations for helping educators know what they can do to reach students in school settings are presented. Educators will research these issues and develop a written application essay, lesson/unit plan or project activity for school implementation.

Course Objectives

1. Educators will review the historical progression and decline of marriages and family system dysfunction and the impact they have on society, values and raising children.

2. Participants will be presented with a model for teaching children to love and respect other people and numerous positive strategies to utilize when teaching children.

3. Educators will examine early childhood education and the affects of day care on children and families as well as the social and economic issues families struggle with.

4. Participants will review the impact of media violence, blatant sexuality and other negative social behaviors that the media presents and how to instill morality and values in an indifferent world.

5. Educators will look at the issue of students growing up in an adult world of sex and violence without enjoying the innocence of childhood experiences and how that affects their development and ability to be successful in schools.

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Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. Stricken Children, Stricken Families
2. Teaching Your Child to Love
3. Starting Down the Right Path
4. Truth and Consequences of Child Care
5. Who’s House is it Anyway?
6. Raising Moral Children in a Valueless World
7. Don’t Touch That Dial!
8. Who Stole My Childhood?
9. Out of Contact, Out of Control

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book, The Epidemic: The Rot of American Culture. Absentee & Permissive Parenting. by Robert Shaw. to your specific classroom context. By focusing your essay on an area of interest that is relevant to your teaching or professional experience, you will enhance your capacity to apply new concept learned in this class. You may choose to specifically focus your paper on classroom-management strategies from the book that are a change from your typical teaching methodology or practice.

Required Assignments

1. Book readings
2. Chapter reviews
3. Research article review.
4. Project or activity
5. Final application essay.

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

The Epidemic: The Rot of American Culture, Absentee & Permissive Parenting, and the Resultant Plague of Joyless, Selfish Children

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3 Credits

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