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Teaching Ethics


published on October 3, 2019

Dominic P. Scibilia

A Pedagogy of Accompaniment

Since the 1990s, educators and social commentators have raised alarms regarding the moral character of successive generations of Americans. A consistent concern within those calls for alarm directs attention to teaching ethics in secondary education. A pedagogy of accompaniment recognizes the timeliness (when it is the right instructional time) for objective and subjective approaches to learning social ethics, transcending the either/or of subject-object, content-skill educational conflicts as well as the disordered distractions of a performance-merit based assessment of learning. In secondary education, the praxis of accompaniment through social ethical discernment creates an occasion wherein students hear and take seriously for the first time their moral voices and imagine their social ethical horizons.

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