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This paper thematizes the significance of postmodernism for the teaching of values in public schools. It elucidates the challenge of postmodernism and develops constructive proposals in response to its significance for teaching values. The operative contention is that a critical engagement with the challenge of postmodernism provides an opportunity for educators today to discuss values with their students. The first section of the paper presents three fundamental themes that are constitutive of the contemporary cultural climate of postmodernism: the rejection of the meta-narratives of history, the denial of objectivity, and the de-centering of the autonomous ego. The second section of the paper examines the practical considerations of postmodernism for teaching values: the necessity of teaching values, the possibility of the development of a single value framework from which to make ethical decisions, the need to integrate value education into all subjects, and the effect of value education on the curriculum. (Contains approximately 96 references.) (SM)

Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Consciousness Raising, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Moral Values, Postmodernism, Public Schools, Student Attitudes, Values Education

Autor: Denig, Stephen J.


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