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ERIC Number: ED310975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul-11
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Obstacles to Ethics Instruction.
Bergin, Joyce Williams
Educators are being called upon by various groups to provide ethics instruction as part of the public schools' curricula. At the same time, teachers are coming under close scrutiny for accountability as well as being subjected to decisions about education made by legislators, school boards, and the courts. Moreover, they are finding themselves caught up in the moral ambiguity that characterizes today's society. Despite public demands for ethics instruction, many educators remain skeptical of such instruction and the kinds of programs that might result from a mandate requiring schools to teach ethics. Research has provided little helpful information upon which to build workable programs of ethics instruction. It is time for everyone who has an interest in ethics instruction to pause and study the reasons why there are no such curricular components being implemented, why research is not providing the information needed to undergird the creation of such programs, and why some educators are very skeptical about ethics instruction in public schools. It is time for educators to speak out publicly and to demand an answer to the critical question: Whose ethics do we teach? (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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