ERIC Number: ED285785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Education, Character, and American Schools. Ethics and Public Policy Reprint 32.
The intellectual and moral climate of a school is related to the nature of authority. It is the way that authority is instituted as well as the manner in which it is exercised that shapes the intellectual and moral character of the school. Public education in urban areas today is increasingly instrumental, technical, adversarial, and officially value-neutral. The burden placed on the public high schools to create a more equal society has helped create purposive disorder. Schools are increasingly operated as though they were factories for learning in which the only value is increased cognitive output. A fundamental rethinking of the nature and purpose of public education is essential. A provisional morality that expresses some of the common beliefs of a democratic pluralistic society must be reinvented. Such a morality would mean that, although differences of opinions on many issues should be respected by all, there are some salient core beliefs to which all subscribe. Without an agreement on a system of beliefs, there is no pluralism, merely coexistence. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Sources, Moral Development, Moral Values, Public Education, Secondary Education, Social Sciences, Social Values
University Press of America, 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC.