Reasonable Children: Moral Education and Moral Learning / Edition 1

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The public outcry for a return to moral education in our schools has raised more dust than it's dispelled. Michael Pritchard clears the air with a sensible plan for promoting our children's moral education through the teaching of reasonableness. Pritchard contends that children have a definite but frequently untapped capacity for reasonableness and that schools in a democratic society must make the nurturing of that capacity one of their primary aims, as fundamental to learning as the development of reading, writing, and math skills.
Advocating approaches to moral education that avoid mindless indoctrination and timid relativism, Pritchard neither preaches nor hides behind abstractions. He makes liberal use of actual classroom dialogues to illustrate children's remarkable capacity to engage in reasonable conversation about moral concepts involving fairness, cheating, loyalty, truthtelling, lying, making and keeping promises, obedience, character, and responsibility. He also links such discussions to fundamental concerns over law and moral authority, the roles of teachers and parents, and the relationship between church and state.
Pritchard draws broadly and deeply from the fields of philosophy and psychology, as well as from his own extensive personal experience working with children and teachers. The result is a rich and insightful work that provides real hope for the future of our children and their moral education.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700607976
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Reasonable Children

2. Aims and Goals of Moral Education

3. Philosophy for Children

4. What Is Critical Thinking?

5. Critical Thinking in Schools

6. Families, Schools, and Moral Education

7. Moral Diversity

8. Moral Confidence

9. Case by Case Reasoning

10. Concluding Thoughts


Selected Bibliography


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