The Six Virtues of the Educated Person discusses two ways of trying to improve American education — how we do it now, and how we ought to do it. This book offers an alternative schooling model — one that builds on the positive aspects of our current model and provides hope for public school improvement. It will not be easy, but we can move from our current model to the alternative and this book provides a clear outline of how this can be done by challenging the most fundamental aspects of American public schools and educating audiences in the 6 virtues of understanding, imagination, strength, courage, humility and generosity.
The existence of 50 educational systems in the United States makes it difficult to know what it means to be educated. Casey Hurley presents a meaningful answer to this problem. His definition of the educated person is a unifying theme for all educators.
The Six Virtues of the Educated Person is a thought-provoking book for educators and parents. It helped me understand the experiences of my three children in public schools and my inability as a parent to connect with their teachers in meaningful ways. I want this vision of schooling for my children and grandchildren.
In The Six Virtues of the Educated Person, Casey Hurley draws upon 35 years in education to illuminate a new direction for schools. Those of us with experience in both public and parochial education find much that makes sense here. While public education is reeling from the current emphasis on testing, this book suggests the perfect antidote—a deep, meaningful definition of what it means to be educated. The six virtues are also a foundation for the kinds of healthy school communities our children need.
The six virtues are the purest distillate of educational aims. In our school they provide a clear purpose for students, teachers and our communities.
If we want to take a refreshing look at education, Hurley's Six Virtues of the Educated Person provides the out-of-the-box thinking that is necessary when our schools are not working like they should.
CHOICE, June 2010
- H.M. Miller
Urges readers to take a step back from the question of purpose to ask an even bigger question: what does it mean to be an educated person?
This book describes the educated person in terms of six virtues-understanding, imagination, strong character, courage, humility, and generosity. Readers will find that it challenges many of their current educational assumptions. This was true for me. As I compared my long-held beliefs to the author's alternative model I found that it helped me understand the frustrations I've felt about the failures of school reform.
My doctoral students were intrigued by The Six Virtues of the Educated Person. The ideas in this book made them think in new ways about leadership.