A Secular Contract,A Sacred Calling Maritain Explains the Moral Principles of Education to Dewey

Abstract

Another shocking example of school violence occurred on March21,2005,when a sixteen-year-old teenager gunned down studentsand staff at Red Lake High School in Minnesota. Six years after the killings at Columbine High School in Colorado, schools still seem as vulnerable to violence despite the serious attention schools have given to safety and order. Why is there such a moral crisis in American culture today, one so vividly reflected in our schools? What societal problems are instilling such violence in youth and in schools? Can it be that we no longer have a moral anchor to our lives? Do we have a moral vacuum in our schools? To what extent can we say that John Dewey, the American philosopher of education studied by all teachers, has contributed to the situation? John Dewey, American Philosopher John Dewey, America’s chief philosopher of education from the turn of the twentieth century, influenced education—especially moral education—not only in the United States, but throughout the world. Many studies have been made of his most popular writings, especiall

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