What do you understand by the "moral end" of education?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that different educational people will give different answers to this question.  For example, those who advocate religious education in schools or schools that educate through a specific denomination will answer or approach this question differently than those who work in the public school sector.  I would say that the "moral end" of education can be agreed to constitute the development of a child's character and sense of ethical identity that might lie connected to, but outside of the learning that happens through content instruction.  The "moral end" of education for a child comes down to the development of their character, something that is essential for participation in any democratic experiment and stresses through action that idea that "character counts."  In this, the "moral end" of education strives to understand the concepts of ethical conduct, moral righteousness, and helps to develop an understanding that lies outside of the scope of one's self.  It is here where differences might emerge as to what this looks like, but I think that a point of agreement for all will be the idea that the refinement of a child's sense of identity is where the "moral end" of education lies and in which it exists.

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