ERIC Number: EJ1110158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Ethical English Teaching: Learning Democratic Values or Living by the Tao?
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v18 n4 p351-359 2011
This article begins by drawing attention to the similarities between the aims of critical literacy within English and Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC). It then considers subscribing to liberal values in the English classrooms of a plural society and concludes that, as political liberalism is unlikely to be universally endorsed, we need to look elsewhere for a "centre" that will hold us together. The essay suggests that the "Tao", elaborated in the seminal work on English teaching, "The Abolition of Man" by C.S. Lewis, may represent an ethical code which English teachers and students can endorse, even when they have diverse backgrounds, as it transcends politics. The article concludes that teaching English in the spirit of the Tao is more fundamental than fostering democratic values for it helps to prevent the abolition of our humanity.
Descriptors: Ethics, English Instruction, Teaching Methods, Social Values, Political Attitudes, English Teachers, Educational Philosophy, Critical Literacy, Democratic Values, Citizenship, Semiotics
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