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The Neglect of Virtue


by Hugh Sockett 2013

This chapter argues that schooling neglects virtue through the dominant quest for right answers. This is not only intellectually disreputable in presuming the correctness of what is taught, but it undermines the development of necessary intellectual virtues, such as open-mindedness, impartiality, and accuracy in the school curriculum, and it fails to create the intellectual and moral framework for the democratic citizen, specifically in the development of tolerance, social responsibility, and prudence. This neglect of virtue in schooling is primarily visible in the intellectual characteristics and attitudes of the college freshman.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 112. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 115 Number 13, 2013, p. 22-40
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18315, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 11:22:52 PM

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  • Hugh Sockett
    George Mason University
    HUGH SOCKETT is professor of education in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University. He was Dean of Education at the University of East Anglia before coming to Mason where he directed the Institute for Educational Transformation for seven years. He has published widely on the central place of the moral in teaching as an activity, notably in his recent book Knowledge and Virtue in Teaching and Learning: The Primacy of Dispositions.
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