By Nel Noddings
During this selection of crucial essays, Nel Noddings examines choices to triumphing versions of personality education—a sympathetic process in accordance with an ethic of care. protecting either tales within the lecture room and debatable matters in schooling, Noddings describes the similarities and ameliorations among personality schooling and care ethics...examines how ethical schooling will be infused through the curriculum...and demands better cooperation throughout fields and extra consciousness to the sensible difficulties of daily instructing.
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Competition can be fun, and insisting that it has no place whatever in cooperative arrangements leads us into unnecessary confrontation. But, if competition induces insensitive interactions, teachers should draw this to the attention of their students and suggest alternative strategies. Such discussions can lead to interesting and fruitful analyses of competition at other levels of society. Many independent high schools and some public ones have begun to require community service as a means of giving their students practice in caring.
1986; Gilligan, 1982). Care advocates differ also on certain aspects of character education. Although we share with Aristotelians and others who call themselves communitarians the conviction that modern moral philosophy has put far too much emphasis on individual moral agents wrestling in lonely isolation with logically decidable moral problems, we also fear the Aristotelian emphasis on social role or function. This emphasis can lead to hierarchies of virtue and demands for unwavering loyalty to church or state.
Universality evaporates when we try to describe exactly what it means to care, for manifestations of caring relations differ across times, cultures, and even individuals. In roughly similar settings and situations, one person may recognize a cool form of respect as caring, whereas another may feel uncared for without a warm hug. Because of its beginning in natural attributes and events, caring may properly be identified with pragmatic naturalism. John Dewey started his ethical thought with the observation that human beings are social animals and desire to communicate.