Answering the ''Virtuecrats'': A Moral Conversation on by Robert J. Nash

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This critique of latest types of personality schooling beneficial properties own commentary, educating examples, and pupil observation.

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For the declinists, character education in the public schools is the only way to reverse the erosion of moral standards in America, because there are certain traits of character that all children need to know and, if children are to learn how to become virtuous human beings, only practice of these dispositions will make perfect. " the declinists answer as Aristotle (1976) did: "A man becomes kind by doing kind acts. He becomes brave by performing brave acts" (pp. 9192). " For most declinists, the traditional moral values are to be found mainly in stories, myths, poems, biographies, and drama (Kilpatrick, 1992), and declinist educators tend to highlight the motivations, aspirations, and moral conflicts of a variety of characters who appear in "inspiring" books of virtue.

No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission from the publisher. Some portions of Chapters 8 and 9 first appeared in Nash, R. J. (1997). " Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 7 (1). The material appears with the permission of the Publisher. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Nash, Robert J.  Nash.  21) Includes bibliographical references and index.

So the question is: How does education form character? William J. Bennett, Our Children & Our Country, 1988 There are values all American citizens share. . : honesty, fairness, self-discipline, fidelity to task, friends and family, personal responsibility, love of country, and belief in the principles of liberty, equality, and the freedom to practice one's faith. . How do we teach these values? . . It is by exposing children to good character and inviting its imitation. William J. Bennett, The De-Valuing of America: The Fight for Our Culture and Our Children, 1992 Children need to learn what the virtues are.

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