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ERIC Number: ED201031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul-1
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Ethics Education: Re-Discovering America.
Thomas, M. Donald; Lewy, Rafael
In our desire to establish social justice, we have neglected individual morality. Moral education was once a major part of the school experience, but has been lost in the present era of pluralistic ethics. While social-situational ethics have brought some good results, such as greater justice for minorities and governmental reform, they have also promoted such ideas as the end justifies the means or a social cause comes before conscience. What is now needed is an educational program in citizenship that leads to positive moral and ethical conduct. The first step in moral education is the development of a rational process of thinking based on the study of tradition in the social sciences and the humanities. Teaching ethics requires the establishment of basic principles that are to be learned. The Salt Lake City School District has delineated 12 such principles that can be taught in a variety of programs, from law-related education to journalism. Of greatest significance is the teachers' commitment to ethics. Teachers of ethics need to develop critical thinking skills and to be, themselves, students of law, moral philosophy, history, logic, and the fine arts. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Salt Lake City School District UT