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By focusing on education and the development of four moral virtues (friendship, honesty, courage, and justice), this book presumes that the exercise of these virtues is an integral part of good educational practice and that anyone concerned with promoting excellence in education must also be committed to promoting these virtues. Part 1, "First Teachers," discusses the parent-child relationship by examining the dynamics of friendship, responsibility, and separating right from wrong. Part 2, "The Teacher's Moral Authority," argues that, when developing programs for schools, moral education must adhere to the educational mission in the context of public accountability. Part 3, "In the Classroom: Doing It Right," discusses issues such as indoctrination, participation, disruption, cheating, grades, and reform; and stresses that, by shaping the classroom climate to promote the four virtues, teachers also advance academic learning. Part 4, "Good Thinking: The Curriculum," examines school activities through the combined perspectives of moral education, the basic liberal arts curriculum, and contemporary issues such as sex, drugs, AIDS, racism, sexism, suicide, and self-esteem. Part 5, "Struggling To Understand: Threatening Visions of Educational Practice," examines how cultural influences such as individual judgment, religious conviction, market demands, and minority status not only shape educational practice but also threaten the sound practice of moral education. Part 6, "Good for What?" concludes that the real value of good education ultimately depends on the kind of society that lies beyond formal education, and that the effects of education on sociocultural values are important aspects of school reform. (Contains 60 references.) (RIB)

Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Moral Development, Moral Values, Role of Education, School Community Relationship, School Role, Social Influences

Judd Publishing, Inc., United Publishers Group, 50 Washington Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 ($24.95).

Autor: Pritchard, Ivor A.


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