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ERIC Number: EJ804785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0068
The Appeal(s) of Character Education in Threatening Times: Caring and Critical Democratic Responses
Winton, Sue
Comparative Education, v44 n3 p305-316 Aug 2008
This article examines the resurgence in popularity of character education in the USA and Canada. It links this renewed interest to insecurities about academic achievement, economic competitiveness, civic engagement, personal safety, moral decline, and the loss of a common culture. Conceptualising policy as rhetoric, the article shows how character education policies in both countries use similar strategies to appeal to diverse audiences. The policies respond to desires for predictability and stability by claiming that traditional character education prepares students for the workforce, improves academic achievement, fosters active citizenship, creates safer schools, and teaches students universal values. The article concludes by proposing commitments to caring relationships and critical democratic education as socially just alternatives to traditional character education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States