ERIC Number: ED353185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Trust & Ethics in School Reform.
McCollough, Thomas E.
This paper analyzes ideas that concern the concepts of truth and ethics in order to clarify the issues involved in education reform. Three levels exist in the idea of truth: sincerity, honesty, and the reality of persons. The reality of persons is the central idea of truth and truth at each of these levels is an issue in several ethical criteria for educational reform. There are three ethical ideas that are integrally related to the central idea of truth. These ideas involve the moral imagination, understood as the capacity to empathize with others and to discern creative possibilities for ethical action; the ethical question, stated as "What is my personal relation to what I know?"; and the public realm, or the space in which as free and equal citizens people hold one another accountable for what they know and value. The ideas are developed into a moral framework for applying truth and ethical criteria to education reform efforts. Three criteria of education reform are identified and discussed: equity, excellence, and accountability. An 11-item bibliography is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Educational Development and Research, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper based on a keynote address delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Educational Development and Research (Washington, DC, November 23-26, 1991).