ERIC Number: ED129428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Challenge of Watergate to American Schools: Fostering the Moral Development of Children.
This paper discusses moral development and illustrates ways that it can be fostered in children both in the home and in the classroom. Moral education is discussed in terms of four basic questions: (1) Is there a need for it? (2) If so, is it the job of the schools to teach morality? (3) What is moral development? and (4) If fostering moral development in the schools is considered necessary and legitimate, how does one go about it in a way that is educationally effective and ethically defensible in a pluralistic society? Suggestions for fostering moral development in the school include using materials that promote discussion of moral decisions; planning projects that naturally stimulate children to work together (cooking, crafts, etc.); fostering a sense of community among children in the classroom by setting aside time for children to meet as a class and share what they have worked on, discuss an experience they have had together or exchange views on how to solve a problem that has arisen; intervening directly at times to help children develop more cooperative behaviors; and respecting children's rights and dignity as persons. (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of In-Service Education.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Cortland. Coll. at Cortland. Center for Educational Change and Early Childhood Teacher Education.
Note: Adapted from paper presented at the Annual Conference on Open Education (3rd, State University of New York at Cortland, October, l974)