Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong by William Kilpatrick
Moral Illiteracy Case Character Education

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An analysis of why American schools fail to provide a moral education argues that the new decision-making-based educational theory, which poses ethical dilemmas and allows students to work out problems by themselves, fails to teach values. 35,000 first printing. Tour.
 

About William Kilpatrick

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Published October 1, 1992 by Simon & Schuster. 352 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A flawed but thought-provoking discussion about the moral education--or lack of it--of American children.

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Attacking the moral relativism of such current approaches to the teaching of ethics as Values Clarification, Kilpatrick, an education professor at Boston College, calls for a return to a traditional model of teaching morality based on content rather than decision making.

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has, in effect, become the real moral educator of the young," and he observes that something as simple as reading aloud to our children from the great books may turn out to be the most effective form of moral instruction.

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This often unconvincing jeremiad calls for a return to a traditional model of teaching morality, one based on content rather than decision-making.

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