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ERIC Number: ED374503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Character Education.
Focus in Change, n15 Sum 1994
Character education is a contentious and fractionated topic, yet one that has been revisited with stubborn persistence in the history of American education. To explore the complexity of the character-education debate, this theme issue presents interviews with three national figures. First, a broad perspective is provided by Theodore R. Sizer, who directs the Coalition of Essential Schools and the Annenberg National Institute for School Reform at Brown University. He believes character and intellect are inseparable, describes what good character must be, and discusses the need to restructure education in order to accommodate small communities where a dialogue among staff and students is necessary. He describes the structural constraints that impede educative efforts, such as the press force "coverage" that dominates a school day, and the lack of a sense of community among staff. In the second interview, Kevin Ryan, director of the Center for the Advancement of Character and Ethics at Boston University, seeks a return to a classical curriculum. He believes that study of the great works of literature and history can provide a "moral compass" that is lacking in today's public schools and society. In the third article, James Leming, professor of curriculum and instruction at Southern Illinois University, provides a historical overview of character-education efforts in the United States. He explains why in times of social unrest public attention turns to schooling and character development, and examines the issue of indoctrination. Finally, Florence L. Johnson, director of the National Center for Effective Schools, argues that schools, rather than focusing on character education, should establish strong nurturing support systems for all students, particularly those already at risk. (LMI)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, Madison. National Center for Effective Schools.