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Moral Education

By Editorial Staff
Published July 2, 1988

WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP) – America’s public schools should be giving students more moral education, according to a report by a national organization that focuses on curriculum development and teaching procedures.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s report said moral education was not the “latest education fad, but a very old concept.” Boston University professor Kevin Ryan, who chaired the panel, said American schools were founded with moral purpose, and offered moral education until the 1960s. Since that time, he said, schools have “stepped back” from their responsibility to teach morality.

The report noted increasing public concern over adolescent emotional problems, rising teenage suicide and murder, and unwed mothers. The report also cited public opinion polls which indicate that most Americans favor the teaching of moral behavior by public schools.

The Alexandria, Virginia-based association, which is made up of educators involved in curriculum development for public schools, defines moral education as “whatever schools do to influence how students think, feel and act regarding issues of right and wrong.” The report says such education can help students become “morally mature.”

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Very true, the morality of the United states society is decaying as every new generation is being formed. The lack or respect for elders, teachers, and the memebers of the opposite sex is growing. We there also a need for this because of the lack of dicsipline in students. If we had some sort of reward program for schools with the least spots on their records maybe the society would shape up.

Posted by Clayton on 11/18/2008 12:21 PM #

Moral education is a must for all school students from elementary education level – to develop a civilized home and then civilized city and then civilized country and then civilized world

Posted by Radhakrishnan Ramesh on 11/24/2008 04:31 AM #

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