Lasley shows how American culture fosters selfishness, aggression, and violence. He believes that selflessness can and should be taught in the home and in the schools as an antidote to the individualism and tribalism that multicultural diversity can lead to. Without a certain cultural and personal respect for the other, the myriad racial, ethnic, and ideological differences could tear American society apart. Lasley uses ethnological examples of non-Western societies that stress nonviolence to elucidate models of peaceful behavior. He provides ways and means of teaching peaceful principles by using the literature of altruism and the images of service and other-directed activities.
THOMAS J. LASLEY II is Professor and Endowed Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Dayton in Ohio./e He is the coauthor of numerous books including Biting the Apple: Accounts of First Year Teachers (1980) and A Handbook for Developing Schools With Good Discipline (1982) and the editor of Issues in Teacher Education (1986).
Table of Contents
Cultural Perspectives on Value Dispositions
What is Selflessness?
Values That Diminish Selflessness and Foster Aggression
Selflessness and Nonaggression: Cultural Examples
Selfishness and Aggression: Cultural Examples
Personal Perspectives on Value Acquisition
Self-Definition: Personal Conditions for Selflessness
Learning to Care and Share
Educational Perspectives on Teaching Values
Appendix A: Teaching Responsibility: Case Examples