Moral Education: An Idea Whose Time Has Gone
Author(s): David E. Purpel
Source: The Clearing House, Vol. 64, No. 5, Values Education (May - Jun., 1991), pp. 309-312
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
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Taylor & Francis, Ltd. is…show more content… Scholarshipand researchcontinue to erode what were once considered to be universaltruths, everlasting values, and permanent visions. Knowledge and virtue have been relativized, contextualized, deconstructed, and demystified, if not devalued and discounted. Ironically and tragically, the brilliance and force of this scholarshiphas made the once bedrock assumption of education-namely, that "the truth shall make you free"-seem quaint if not hollow. Indeed, the once-liberating solutions to cultural arbitrariness,political autocracy, and intellectual rigidity that marked the Enlightenment have created anguishingproblems of their own.
Our skepticism, our individuality, and our criticalness have left us alone, fragmented, and lost. In an era when we yearn to believe, our intellect cautions; in a time when we ache for community, our impulse for autonomy intervenes; and in an era when we desperately seek meaning,
David E. Purpel is a professor at the School of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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The Clearing House
sion 's better efforts. My critique focuses not only on those hardy authors of moral education theories but also on their criticsand those professionalswho choose