ERIC Number: ED454124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Right from Wrong: The Moral Education of Today's Youth.
DiGiacomo, James J.
For moral education to be effective, it must take into account the cultural, philosophical, and religious factors that influence moral development. The way growing children think and feel about right and wrong depends to a great extent on society's dominant culture, as expressed through mass communication media. These media promote values, attitudes, and points of view that may affirm or negate what is taught at home, in church, or in school. Within the same society, there are underlying, implicit philosophies that structure moral discourse among old and young. For those who belong to churches, there are religious suppositions and perspectives that make their own contributions. These are highly developed within the Catholic community, providing their own resources and posing their own distinctive challenges. This book analyzes these factors, describes their impact on young people, and offers suggestions for instruction. Following a preface and an introduction, the book is divided into the following chapters: (1) "Cultural" ("Not Just Greed"; "A World View"; "The Marginalization of Religion"; "Feeling Like Outsiders"); (2) "Philosophical" ("The Authoritarian Shortcut"; "Formation of Conscience"); (3) "Theological" ("The Role of the Church"; "Conscience and Authority"; "A Modest Proposal"); and (4) "Medium and Message" ("Styles of Governance"; "What To Teach"; "Making Sense of Sex"; "Bad News and Good News"). (Contains 27 endnotes and a 20-item bibliography.) (BT)
Descriptors: Catholics, Cultural Context, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Mass Media, Moral Development, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Sexuality, Youth
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.