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ERIC Number: ED261473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Character Education.
Thomas, M. Donald
This paper proposes that schools resume their historic role in cultivating basic moral values in their students, based on what is defined as our national ethos: (1) a belief in the worth and perfectability of human life; (2) a belief in democracy; (3) faith in reason and the orderly solution of conflict; (4) respect for knowledge and commitment to universal education; (5) protection of personal liberties; and (6) equal protection under the law and equal opportunity. Relativistic approaches to character education by theorists such as Rath and Kohlberg focus on process to the exclusion of content, whereas others, such as Max Rafferty, promote a narrow set of moral principles and thus overemphasize content. A third alternative strikes a balance by defining character education as a lifelong rational search to acquire the values of our cultural heritage. Character education should begin with development of thinking skills based on a study of literary, political, and philosophical tradition, followed by opportunity for students to confirm the value of moral behavior through their own interaction. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A