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Teacher Resources – Articles

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. “Talking about Ethics and Character Education.” Education Update. Volume 42, Number 4. June 2001.
    Summarizes author and teacher Rushworth Kidder’s thoughts about teaching ethics and character education.
  • Berkowitz, Marvin W. “Research-Based Character Education.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 591, No. 1, 72-85 (2004)
    Introduces a scientific perspective on character education and a summary of the research base examining the student impact of school-based character education.
  • Facing History and Ourselves. “Confronting September 11: Religion and Violence.”

    A collection of readings that examines important issues such as civil liberties, national loyalty and religious identity in the wake of violence building from the aftermath of September 11, 2001.
  • Fischer, Max. “Teaching Religion in Public Schools: Removing the Angst.” 2002 Education World.
    Centers on approaches to teaching about world religions.
  • Gilness, Jane. “How to Integrate Character Education into the Curriculum.” Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 85, 2003
    Presents a formula that uses a “character cocktail” of community, manners and ethical decision-making and that can be integrated into content lessons.
  • Halverson, Susan. “Teaching Ethics: The Role of the Classroom Teacher.” Childhood Education, Vol. 80, 2004.
    Examines educators’ roles in strengthening students’ ethical development.
  • Kohn, Alfie. “How Not to Teach Values: A Critical Look at Character Education.” Phi Delta Ka. February 1997. Volume 78. Number 6.
    Differentiates between what good behavior is in school and what is considered good behavior according to appropriate social morals and values.
  • Lindy, Elaine L. “Using Fairy Tales to Debate Ethics.” 2003 Education World.
    Strategies for sparking a spirited classroom debate on ethics by exploring the complex messages often found in three popular fairy tales.
  • Logan, Claudia. “Character Education by the Book.” 2001 Scholastic.
    Two teachers describe how they use literature to explore universal values.
  • Marino, Gordon. “Before Teaching Ethics, Stop Kidding Yourself.” The Chronicle Review. February 20, 2004.
    Discusses whether the teaching of ethics truly influences ethical behavior.
  • Marshall, Joanne M. “Religion and Education: Walking the Line in Public Schools.” Phi Delta Kappan. November 2003. Volume 85, Number 3.
    Describes/discusses how world events, increasing diversity in the classroom and headlines about the latest court cases ensure that religion will remain a sensitive and sometimes contentious issue in the public schools.
  • Mendt, K.L. Spiritual. “Spiritual Themes in Young Adult Books.” The Alan Review. Spring 1996. Volume 23, Number 3.
    Describes how books for young adults can help teens negotiate spiritual information. Also lists recommended books.
  • National Education Association. “Teaching Tolerance or Attacking Religion?” Rights Watch. May 2006.
    Two federal courts tackle how far schools can go in teaching tolerance for gays and lesbians.
  • The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. “Teaching about Religion in Public Schools: Where Do We Go From Here?” May 20, 2003 conference.
    Transcripts discussing varied topics associated with the teaching of religion.