The Public Interest

The conflict in moral education: An informal case study

Martin Eger

Spring 1981

SOME years ago, the State of New York released a publication setting forth ten “educational goals” to guide designers of programs and courses. The fifth goal on this list reads as follows:

Competence in the processes of developing values-particularly the formation of spiritual, ethical, religious, and moral values... [The responsibility of the] school: a. knowledge of the diversity of values, b. skill in making value-based choices...

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