Moral Education

Archive Report

Changes in Training and Conduct of Youth

A once-dominant goal of American education—shaping of the moral character of the young—is gaining prominence in educational planning again after a period of relative neglect.1 The reason is not hard to find. What has been happening in the “youth culture” during the past few years has brought home a painful message. The nation's schools have not been effectively inculcating in their pupils the traditional virtues of the good citizen: honesty, sobriety, industriousness, sense of duty, regard for the rights of others, respect for constituted authority, and so forth.

The same could be said also of the two other chief agents of moral instruction: the family and the church. But modern society has come to rely mainly on the school ...

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