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Bringing in a New Era in Character Education

reviewed by Amy Westby - 2003

coverTitle: Bringing in a New Era in Character Education
Author(s): William Damon (Editor)
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford
ISBN: 0817929622, Pages: 194, Year: 2002
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As the nation is faced with an increasing†number of ethical and moral decisions, the call for character education in our nationís schools instilling or reinforcing values in our children is still evident.† In the last decade, increasingly recognizing the values and norms that unite us and distressed by the increasing rate of violence, adolescent suicide, teen pregnancy, cheating scandals, and other social ills confronting American youth, educators are reawakening to what historically has been one of their most essential tasks:†assisting in the character and social development of the children entrusted to them.† Conspicuously neglected in this resurgence of character education, however, is the attendant preparation of teachers in our nationís schools.† Few new teachers are prepared to complement their work to develop children academically with the need to address their character formation, citizenship preparation, and social development. † How well are teachers prepared for this important task?† The book, Bringing in a New Era in Character Education, is written to provide some practical insights on how to bring about an... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 630-632
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11006, Date Accessed: 10/26/2020 5:24:28 PM

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  • Amy Westby
    Character Education Partnership
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    AMY WESTBY is a program director at the Character Education Partnership, Washington, DC.
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