Educating for Character

Author: Thomas Lickona
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0307569489
Format: PDF
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Calls for renewed moral education in America's schools, offering dozens of programs schools can adopt to teach students respect, responsibility, hard work, and other values that should not be left to parents to teach.

Character Matters

Author: Thomas Lickona
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743245074
Format: PDF, Docs
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The author introduces his Character Education program, designed to give parents and teachers the essential tools and strategies for raising responsible, conscientious, and compassionate children.

Character Builders

Author: Elizabeth Knowles
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
ISBN: 9781591583707
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Recommends six hundred books that encourage character traits such as responsibility, perseverance, and cooperation, and contains categorized entries that give a synopsis of each book.

Caring to Teach Teaching to Care

Author: Dave Opalewski & Anna Unkovich
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1462021425
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Education in the twenty-first century demands that we deal with the whole child, not just the mind. This requires going beyond the historical 3 R's of reading, writing, and 'rithmetic and focusing on five new R's: Relationship, Respect, Responsibility, Relevance, and Rigor. As educators, we must increase our efforts to understand youth and truly connect with them in ways that make them want to learn. By caring to teach, we are teaching students to care. Join Dave Opalewski and Anna Unkovich as they share their combined wisdom and passion for teaching, and their educational philosophy of developing students' hearts as well as minds.

The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy

Author: Gregory Bassham
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 0812698096
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The Chronicles of Narnia series has entertained millions of readers, both children and adults, since the appearance of the first book in 1950. Here, scholars turn the lens of philosophy on these timeless tales. Engagingly written for a lay audience, these essays consider a wealth of topics centered on the ethical, spiritual, mythic, and moral resonances in the adventures of Aslan, the Pevensie children, and the rest of the colorful cast. Do the spectacular events in Narnia give readers a simplistic view of human choice and decision making? Does Aslan offer a solution to the problem of evil? What does the character of Susan tell readers about Lewis’s view of gender? How does Lewis address the Nietzschean “master morality” embraced by most of the villains of the Chronicles? With these and a wide range of other questions, this provocative book takes a fresh view of the world of Narnia and expands readers’ experience of it.

The Self Beyond Itself

Author: Heidi M. Ravven
Publisher: New Press, The
ISBN: 1595588000
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Few concepts are more unshakable in our culture than "free will," the idea that individuals are fundamentally in control of the decisions they make, good or bad. And yet the latest research about how the brain functions seems to point in the opposite direction, with fresh discoveries indicating the many ways in which humans are subject to influences well beyond the control of the conscious self. In The Self Beyond Itself, acclaimed scholar Heidi M. Ravven offers a wide-ranging and bold argument for a new vision of ethics, one that takes into account neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology, challenging the ways in which we view our actions—and, indeed, our selves. In a work of breathtaking intellectual sweep and erudition, Ravven offers a riveting and accessible review of cutting-edge neuroscientific research into the brain’s capacity for decision-making—from "mirror" neurons and "self-mapping" to surprising new understandings of group psychology. The Self Beyond Itself also introduces readers to a rich, alternative philosophical tradition of ethics, rooted in the writing of Baruch Spinoza, that finds uncanny confirmation in modern science. Illustrating the results of today’s research with real-life examples, taking readers from elementary school classrooms to Nazi concentration camps, Ravven demonstrates that it is possible to build a theory of ethics that doesn’t rely on free will yet still holds both individuals and groups responsible for the decisions that help create a good society. The Self Beyond Itself is that rare book that injects new ideas into an old debate—and helps us consider anew our understanding of ourselves and of our world.

Conversations with Educational Leaders

Author: Anne Turnbaugh Lockwood
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438411103
Format: PDF, ePub
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Educational leaders speak out in their own words--stimulating, accessible, provocative--on contemporary and controversial topics that range from differing attitudes on diversity to the debate over character education to arguments about education reform.

Does God Belong in Public Schools

Author: Kent Greenawalt
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400826276
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Controversial Supreme Court decisions have barred organized school prayer, but neither the Court nor public policy exclude religion from schools altogether. In this book, one of America's leading constitutional scholars asks what role religion ought to play in public schools. Kent Greenawalt explores many of the most divisive issues in educational debate, including teaching about the origins of life, sex education, and when--or whether--students can opt out of school activities for religious reasons. Using these and other case studies, Greenawalt considers how to balance the country's constitutional commitment to personal freedoms and to the separation of church and state with the vital role that religion has always played in American society. Do we risk distorting students' understanding of America's past and present by ignoring religion in public-school curricula? When does teaching about religion cross the line into the promotion of religion? Tracing the historical development of religion within public schools and considering every major Supreme Court case, Greenawalt concludes that the bans on school prayer and the teaching of creationism are justified, and that the court should more closely examine such activities as the singing of religious songs and student papers on religious topics. He also argues that students ought to be taught more about religion--both its contributions and shortcomings--especially in courses in history. To do otherwise, he writes, is to present a seriously distorted picture of society and indirectly to be other than neutral in presenting secularism and religion. Written with exemplary clarity and even-handedness, this is a major book about some of the most pressing and contentious issues in educational policy and constitutional law today.

Keep It Simple Make It Real

Author: Jan Olsson
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 145227309X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A realistic approach to assessing student behavior, staff morale, and school climate and creating a proven-to-work character development program that can dramatically turn around student behavior.

Critical Lessons

Author: Nel Noddings
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139454986
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Critical Lessons concentrates on the critical, reflective thinking that should be taught in high schools. Taking seriously the Socratic advice, 'know thyself', it focuses on topics that will help students to understand the forces - good and bad - that work to socialize them. This book argues why critical thinking is necessary in schools because it requires the discussion of critical issues: how we learn, the psychology of war, what it means to make a home, advertising and propaganda, choosing an occupation, gender, and religion.