The Conscience of the Campus: Case Studies in Moral Reasoning among Today's College Students

The Conscience of the Campus: Case Studies in Moral Reasoning among Today's College Students

The Conscience of the Campus: Case Studies in Moral Reasoning among Today's College Students

The Conscience of the Campus: Case Studies in Moral Reasoning among Today's College Students

Synopsis

The conscience of today's college students is guided by the personal moral values that underlie this generations' concept of justice. The Daveys present two dozen scenarios involving moral questions, ranging from race, poverty, crime, drugs, sex, religion, educational funding, and constitutional rights.

Excerpt

Political leaders everywhere are talking about the importance of moral education in the public schools. They have finally begun to understand the difference between religious education, which is not allowed under the Constitution, and teaching moral and ethical principles to today’s students. For far too long, public educators have avoided examining the moral values of their students. This has been attributable to either the mistaken belief that teaching morality was violating the wall of separation between church and state, or in the equally mistaken belief of the deconstructionists that there is no such thing as “right and wrong.” This book encourages a change in that policy.

Many professors today like to quote Aristotle’s observation that philosophy begins with leisure. In other words, it is only when people are free from the struggle to survive that they can contemplate the meaning of life. It is true that many students need to work to support themselves and their education. Nonetheless, contrary to their popular image, today’s college students actually are interested in more than just finding a good job with financial security. When presented with the right moral dilemmas, they are genuinely interested in exploring the

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