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To develop students who embrace the ethics of justice and caring, the ethos of the classroom and school must promote the virtues of justice and caring. This paper, by the principal of the Hong Kong International School (HKIS), explores how the school can more intentionally develop a school ethos that contributes to the development of student character. The author was accepted as a Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University, to investigate how other schools design learning communities that shape student character. Part 1 establishes the philosophical base. It argues that education of the whole person--both intellect and character--is necessary for school success; that qualities of character (justice and caring) are both necessary to strengthen academic learning; and that schools that intentionally use the lenses of justice and caring to scrutinize their decisions will more successfully model and contribute to the development of student character. The second part describes how the Klingenstein Project might be implemented at the HKIS. It discusses the dialectic between a sense of justice and an ethic of care, analyzes the Hong Kong Chinese ethos, and examines the ethics of justice and care from the viewpoint of the various religions represented in the HKIS. Finally, the paper presents a case study of a recent disciplinary incident and examines various ethical ways in which the incident could be approached. (Contains 77 references.) (LMI)

Descriptors: Christianity, Curriculum Development, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Justice, Moral Development, Moral Values, Religious Education, Values Education

Autor: Handrich, James A.


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