Students’ Broken Moral Compasses The pressures of national academic standards have pushed character education out of the classroom. by Paul Barnwell for the Atlantic Magazine 7-25-2016

This is an essay I can relate too. The myopic pursuit of narrowly defined curricula clearly has a downside.  The debate is reflective of the conversation between professor Hundert and Senator Bell from the 2002 film, “The Emperor’s Club.”

William Hundert: Sir, it’s my job to mold your son’s character, and I think if…

Senator Bell: Mold him? Jesus God in Heaven, son. You’re not gonna mold my boy (Sedgewick). Your job is to teach my son. You teach him his times tables. Teach him why the world is round. Teach him who killed who and when and where. That is your job. You, sir, will not mold by son. I will mold him.

Older Sedgewick Bell: (The Son as an Adult)  I live in a real world where people do what they need to do to get what they want. If it is lying, if it is cheating, then so be it.


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