Thinking and Thoughtlessness in Character Education
by Hannah Spector & Marie Prendergast — December 07, 2015
This commentary critiques top-down, instrumental approaches to character education. We argue that a pedagogical move from teacher instruction to student construction of what it means to be a socially responsible, politically engaged citizen in a democracy requires a thought-driven approach to character education. We draw from political theorist Hannah Arendt’s analysis of thinking and moral considerations to guide our review of a widely promoted character education program: Character Counts!
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