ERIC Number: ED433342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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The Students are Watching: Schools and the Moral Contract.
Sizer, Theodore R.; Sizer, Nancy Faust
This book claims that morality is a two-way street, and adolescent students learn by watching teachers. It argues that schools should incorporate morality as a pivotal tool in education, noting that the American school is an exhausting, inefficient, and often dehumanizing place of work for teenagers and their elders. Students learn not just from their classes but from their school's routines and rituals, especially about matters of character. Schools must constantly demonstrate a belief in students. They must be a place where children will not only meet important academic goals but also acquire good intellectual habits and develop their own moral agency. Only then will students go on to make wise and principled decisions, even when they are on their own. The book's six chapters are (1) "Modeling," (2) "Grappling," (3) "Bluffing," (4) "Sorting," (5) "Shoving," and (6) "Fearing." An afterword presents "Thinking." (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Ethical Instruction, Moral Development, Moral Values, Personality Development, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Students, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Student Relationship, Teachers
Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-2892; Tel: 617-742-2110; Fax: 617-723-3097; Web site: www.beacon.org ($20).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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