RETURN Articles Addressing Practice and Morality

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1. Is Morality a Matter of Taste?   Why professional ethicists think that morality is not purely "subjective."

2A. Ethics in Education: Practicing Educators Reflect on Professional Concerns   Webring library of articles by frontline practitioners focussing on moral problems in schooling practice.

2B. Ethical Argument, Practical Proposal

3. Pain vs. Anguish  The distinction between physical pain and mental anguish raises philosophical and moral questions about the common condemnation of corporal punishment.

4. Educational Theory of Jean Jacques Rousseau  Rousseau's theory of education analyzed into eight factors.

5. John Locke on Education  John Locke on education.

6. Pluralism and Rationality: the limits of tolerance  Can values be freely chosen? Is multiculturalism feasible? How do values and action relate?

7. The Aristotelian Precedents of Islamic Moral Education:  A Reformist Perspective

8. Hutchins' Theory of Education  Robert M. Hutchins' Theory of Education

9. David C. McClellan on Education  Educational Theory by David C. McClelland

10. School Violence, Punishment, and Justice  Misuse of the term,'violence,' confounds accurate description of school problems and generates bad policy.

11. Mechanisms for Policy Reversal  Variation in policy formulation is explained as a rhetorical process oscillating between cost and benefit evaluations. Lifelong learning is taken as an example.

 12. The Educational Philosophy of Andrew Dickson White  The educational theory of Andrew Dickson White, president of Cornell University, 1866-1885.

13. Increasing Teaching Efficiency  Argues that efficiency is among the last of pertinent considerations when evaluating curriculum or pedagogy. Morality, in some sense, is the issue.

14. Education and Neo-Multiculturalism  Cultural relativism pushed beyond the limits of ...

15. The Foundations of Curriculum  Curriculum analyzed from a variety of perspectives: goal, function, structure. Also, contextual influences are examined.

16. Teacher Expertise  The political context of public schooling does not desire professional expertise from teachers

17. Doing Violence to 'Violence'  Careless use of the term, 'violence', helps to confuse important educational issues.

18. Book Review -- Children and Discipline by Wilson and Cowell  Critique of theory supporting Wilson's and Cowell's arguments re: discipline in schools

19. The Ethics of Educational Triage. Is Special Education Moral?  The rationality of triage is undercut by special education concerns despite apparently lacking supporting moral principle.

20. Fat-Free Foods and Schooling Options
  Enthusiasm for school reform and subsequent hyperbole sustain unreasonable expectations about what schools can accomplish.

21. Moral Responsibility in the Education Industry:
how much can school reform enhance a student's occupational fitness?

22. Power in Schooling Practice
Moral issues in employing coercion for educational and other benevolent purposes.

23A. Doing Ethics: concerns and procedures.
How to identify ethical issues and priorities.

23B. Materials for Teaching Ethics & Values

24A. Moral Education: Indoctrination vs. Cognitive Development? Cognitive development need not support moral education. Indoctrination though not avoidable, provides no mitigation from responsibility.

24B. Justice Through Testing. Rationale or Dogma?

25. Values Education or Values Confusion? The basic fallacies of values education are the assumptions that: a. the relationship between values taught and values acquired is relatively simple; and that b. the schools have sufficient resources to inculcate the desired dispositions.