ERIC Number: ED349256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: 0
Ethical Education in American Public Schools. Reference & Resource Series.
The intent of this book is to analyze the moral and social problems that currently plague U.S. schools. The volume outlines what can be done to confront the problems of student behavior in and outside the classroom. Illegal drug use, theft and deceit, sexual practices, and race relations are among the troubling issues facing educators. Religious conservatives seek to preserve the religious and moral traditions of the past, for they see the abandonment of these values as the source of current problems. An entirely different approach to moral education is advanced by professional theorists of education and child psychologists. Two specific programs of this group are values clarification, and the cognitive development theories of Lawrence Kohlberg. This book argues that a better approach to moral education is to seek a middle path between the two approaches. This strategy for ethical instruction is described for both the "visible" curriculum and the "hidden" curriculum. Moral education may occur in the prescribed curriculum in such areas as health sciences and hygiene, social studies, and literature and the arts. Attention to the "hidden" curriculum involves developing a proper moral climate in the schools. How the curriculum is taught is as important as What is taught. A 36-item selected bibliography is included. (DB)
Descriptors: Conservatism, Curriculum Development, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Moral Development, Moral Values, Public Schools, Religion Studies, Social Problems
National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.