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ERIC Number: ED473016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 46
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Core Values and Morality Perspectives in Contemporary American Society: An Educator's Point of View.
Hoge, John Douglas
The perspective taken in this paper is that of a person (now an educator) born in the United States in 1947 who did not experience any forms of deprivation, overt discrimination, or doubt about the future while growing up in the Midwest. The paper discusses two books which identified values which are at the core of U.S. society: "The Morality of Democratic Citizenship" (R. F. Butts, 1988) and "Principles and Practices of Education for Democratic Citizenship" (Bahmueller and Patrick, Eds., 1999). It discusses the Character Education Law which passed the Georgia legislature in 1997, explaining that the law mandated local school districts to develop and implement a program for grade levels K-12, focused on student development of character traits, such as: courage, patriotism, citizenship, honesty, fairness, respect for others, kindness, cooperation, self-respect, self-control, courtesy, compassion, tolerance, diligence, generosity, punctuality, cleanliness, cheerfulness, school pride, respect for the environment, respect for the creator, patience, creativity, sportsmanship, loyalty, perseverance, and virtue. The paper notes similarities and differences between state-mandated Georgia character education program and the core values identified in the books of Butts and Bahmueller and Patrick. It examines three factors that influence U.S. perspectives on matters of morality: the arguably positive influences of religion and universal education, and the role of free enterprise commercialism. Includes 16 notes. Contains 56 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia