ERIC Number: ED137893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Conflicting Moralities in Education. ACSA School Management Digest, Series 1, Number 1. ERIC/CEM Research Analysis Series, Number 28.
The author begins by noting that if morality depends on how one sees the world, everything that teaches about the world is ultimately a moral question. A number of examples of conflict in textbook selection act as illustrations of moral issues in education--the controversy in Kanawha County, West Virginia; the controversy over evolution and creation; and the accusations of sexism and racism in textbooks. Examined historically, it is the removal of moral content from education rather than its inclusion that represents a departure from tradition. Among the reasons offered for the inclusion of morality in the curriculum is the "hidden curriculum"--the things the schools teaches implicity, even unintentionally. Moral issues cannot be avoided in the schools. Two approaches to teaching about morality are examined--values clarification and consideration of Kohlberg's stages of moral judgment. Objections to Kohlberg are examined and the unanswered question of the public's response to moral education is noted. The task of education is, the author notes, to find some middle ground, some way of respecting the needs of differing points of view and still teaching effectively. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Conflict, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Moral Issues, Moral Values, School Community Relationship, Sex Bias, State Church Separation, Textbook Selection, Values Education
Association of California School Administrators, P.O. Box 39186, Rincon Annex, San Francisco, California 94139 ($1.75, members; $2.75, non-members)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.