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ERIC Number: ED429878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 19
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Morality in Education.
Noel, Melvina
The current status of the United States as an "immoral" society has a direct correlation to the lack of serious attention given to moral education in the classroom. Morality, and what constitutes morality education, is a topic of concern for parents as well as educators. Morality, as a term, incorporates the social, economic, and political biases of the society that defines it. Morality instruction tries to enlist training that will create a more "humane" human. Morality, as a serious subject of education, began in the early stages of civilization. In ancient cultures, morality education was an important part of the curriculum. In classical times, the educational systems of the Greeks and Romans showed an integration of morality, or morality-based instruction, in their programs of study. As Christianity became a way of life attractive to the "intellectuals and prosperous upper classes," the first known "catechetical" school of Christianity was founded in Alexandria. The curriculum expanded from "exclusively religious and doctrinal courses" to general subjects, one being "ethics." Moral education was a part of religious instruction in medieval higher education. The character education movement between 1880 and 1930 attempted to make schools more efficient transmitters of "appropriate moral values." In the 1960s, values clarification invited students to define their own moral values, "free of adult imposition," through a process of Socratic dialogue and creative resolution of ethical dilemmas. Now the hope is that society will bring the issue of morality back to the educators and the educators will give serious attention to moral instruction. Contains 17 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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