Aristotle 's Work On Ethics

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Morality –principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour (Oxford University Press, 2014) — has been a topic of discussion for centuries. From Aristotle’s work on ethics in “Nicomachean Ethics” to Nietzsche’s perspective in “Beyond Good and Evil”, morality has been a widely controversial topic that arises amongst different cultures and societies over time. As it has been addressed overall, morality allows people to aim to behave accordingly to principles that have been deemed as “good.” These principles permit us to grow and develop as individuals and as members of a group (i.e. family, society, culture) that promote ideals of good; ideals that for the most part have been widely accepted. Therefore,…show more content…
Through a revision to the current curriculum, a determined set of culturally shared “core values”, and an implicit and explicit approach in schools, I will make a case for moral education as an imperative issue that concerns the classrooms and the overall school system and its members. However, my position should not be mistaken with one that sets moral education as a responsibility solely of the schools. On the contrary, this paper will argue the importance of the involvement of the family in the development of a strong moral education— through caring—, one that would attempt to transcend an ever changing society as ours. Although decades ago there were psychoanalytic and neopsychoanalytic theories of personality that suggested that “moral instruction in the school was ineffective because moral education is formed in the home by early parental influences” (Kohlberg, 1966), efforts to develop morality in children outside of their homes were made. As a result, the inclusion of morality in education is not to be considered a sudden addition. Over the decades, education has been influenced by the development of theories that attempt to successfully incorporate morality into the classroom. Efforts made by pioneers like Emile Durkheim and John Dewey, and more recently Lawrence Kohlberg and Carol Gilligan have set in motion a revolution in the education of morality. In a more practical approach, moral education is implicitly part of the current “Health
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