ERIC Number: ED125988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Why Choose? A Conversation about Moral Education.
Booth, Harry F.; Miller, Ronald W.
This publication about moral education is a conversation between a university professor of religion and the chairman of a high school social studies department. As part of the National Humanities Faculty Why Series, the book is intended to help students, teachers, and citizens maintain and improve their intellectual vigor and human awareness and to help them reflect on the purpose, methods, and usefulness of a wide range of human endeavors. This conversation provides an analysis of the challenge and opportunity facing schools as they provide moral education for society. The task of moral education cannot be defined simply as a task of teaching old values or as one of clarifying existing values. If moral choice suggests that there is a potential for shaping the future or determining one's own future, then moral education must somehow grapple with both ends and means and with the realities of life in the present. Moral education is meaningful only when it is pursued in a dialectic with science, politics, art, religion, and the other human pursuits. The wide ranging discussion touches on curricula, the role of the teacher as moral agent, and the structure of educational institutions. Also included is a bibliographical note that cites moral education resource materials of interest to teachers and students. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Ethical Instruction, Humanistic Education, Humanities, Interviews, Moral Development, Resource Materials, School Role, Secondary Education, Values
Chandler and Sharp Publishers, 5609 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera, California 94925 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Humanities Faculty, Concord, MA.
Note: For related documents, see ED 085 753, ED 085 762, and SO 009 304-308 and 353