The Rehabilitation of Virtue: Foundations of Moral Education

The Rehabilitation of Virtue: Foundations of Moral Education

The Rehabilitation of Virtue: Foundations of Moral Education

The Rehabilitation of Virtue: Foundations of Moral Education

Synopsis

This book proposes an approach to values education centered on an analysis of the relationship between thinking and valuing. It also focuses on strategies for nurturing the capacity for sustained, disciplined, and informed reflection on the issues of moral decision and religious belief. It contends that there is an urgent need for education at the present time to effect a return to the traditional ideals of intellectual and moral virtue. Sandin's central tenet is that the methods of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship are applicable--and indispensable--to the formation of responsible moral judgments.

Excerpt

The need for strengthening the moral fabric of American society has never been greater than at present. Momentous political and social questions are being addressed in our age, and an adequate moral framework for addressing these issues has become critical not only to the progress of civilization, but even, some would say, to the survival of the human race. At the personal level individuals are called upon to make difficult moral decisions in a rapidly changing environment of unprecedented compexity and risk. The moral situation of the age has thus introduced a new urgency to the task of moral education. This book arises from the conviction that American schools and colleges are not as well prepared as they need to be for meeting the moral challenge of the times.

It seems to me that one root of the weakness of values-related education in America is the inadequacy of faculty perspectives on the methods of moral judgment and decision making. In the last several years I have been conducting a series of regional and on- campus workshops aimed at strengthening faculty understanding of and commitment to the aims of values education. The workshops have sought to contribute to the articulation of a view of value judgments that will encourage teachers to improve the coherence of their services in moral education in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of disciplinary scholarship and with respect for human freedom. This book is the outgrowth of the manuals that I have been using in these seminars.

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