9 10, 2019

Adding Virtue to 21st Century Learning

2019-10-03T10:25:41-04:00 October 9th, 2019|Critical thinking, curriculum, ELA, Empathy|0 Comments

'Decency is what your grandmother taught you!' a beleaguered Morgan Freeman appeals to a frenzied courtroom in the film version of "Bonfire of the Vanities." This scene reveals public figures of authority and private citizens alike on the verge of bankrupting what little moral inventory they still retained after a series of related circumstances and opportunities. Meanwhile, in real life, a celebrated attorney goes on TV to confirm that lying to Congress is a crime, but simultaneously asserts that criminalizing lying itself (to the press, for example) would be an abridgment of our First Amendment rights -- possibly true, but a head-shaking premise, to be sure, in considering how reprehensible lies and dishonesty are commonly held to be .  In the spirit that it does indeed "take a village," here are 5 ways to add virtue to the 21st century learning. 1) Bring Back the Classics  A good story often teaches the best lessons. The epics, poetry, theatre, and other literature of Antiquity through the late Renaissance is generationally revered for its exploration of human nature. [...]