Teaching Values in the Classroom
Jul 05, 2003
Many educators believe a fundamental goal of lower education is to instill good values in children. Some advocate required courses in the "core values." Others believe the schools should be value-neutral, but should teach students to become "moral thinkers." Many take the worst of both approaches, encouraging children to make their own, arbitrary moral judgments within the confines of two absolutes: diversity and environmentalism. In this lecture Mrs. VanDamme discusses these theories of moral education and presents her own view regarding the proper place for values in a curriculum. She describes how she and the other teachers at her school lead their students to become strong, independent valuers.