ERIC Number: ED385396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Moral Education: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?
Grigg, Peggy G.; Martin, William C.
Understanding and finding solutions to today's social problems can begin with a grounding in the history of moral education. Piety and virtue were among the goals pursued by colonial and early American educators. In pursuing such goals, these educators sought to give their students' lives a sense of purpose. Establishing this sense, and encouraging the values which support it, are avoided in most schools today because doing so is often considered a spiritual pursuit. Today's schools are secular, and thus do not encourage the pursuit of spiritual goals. This reluctance to teach basic morals leads today's students to a crisis of meaning in their lives. In creating such a crisis, this reluctance may be the root of many of society's problems. It is not a simple matter to teach morals. Teachers and teaching are not neutral. But general values and rules of conduct can be taught which are good for all and biased toward none. Teacher education should prepare educators to teach morals, and the integrity of a potential teacher should be a factor in the hiring process. (Includes 15 references.) (JW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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