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Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong: And What We Can Do About It Paperback – September 1, 1993
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To help remedy this vacuum in the public's understanding, a professor of education at Boston College, William Kilpatrick, has published Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong: Moral Illiteracy and the Case for Character Education (New York: Simon and Schuster, c. 1992), providing a probing and disquieting analysis.
What we face is a crisis of moral illiteracy which overrides the crisis of cultural illiteracy (or simple illiteracy, for that matter). We live in a society where increasing numbers of men and women have little sense of propriety, minimal confidence in moral standards beyond their own personal constructions, no belief in moral absolutes. In part, this results from the growing influence the popular media, especially music and television, exert on impressionable youngsters. Far more deeply than the precepts of parents, teachers or preachers, the media saturate the minds and shapes the hearts of our kids. In the judgment of Kenneth Myers, a TV critic, "'Television is . . . not simply the dominant medium of popular culture, it is the single most significant shared reality in our entire society. . . . In television we live and move and have our being'" (p. 264).Read more ›
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All parents, teachers, principals, should read this awesome book.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
In 1955, Rudolf Flesch wrote a book entitled Why Johnny Can’t Read. Basically, he concluded that the evidence showed conclusively that the reason why Johnny couldn’t read was that... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wayne S. Walker
Can we put a new picture on the front and publish this again? More timely now than 20+ years ago!Published 14 months ago by Robert E Brown
I really, really wish this book was more current. I don't doubt that what is being taught in our schools regarding personal values is probably not what many of us would want as... Read morePublished 18 months ago by N Lester
The book is a really good and gives a lot of very valuable information. There is some political views placed in the material as fact, but for the most part I think the book is on... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Terrell Welch
Back when I was on the board of my girl's Charter School, this was my faborite book I recommended to people (and it still is) if they want to educate themselves about education. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Mark Clay
Complaining about the downward turn of our society is so common. Yet many people continue to support the very thinking and teaching that perpetuates this downward trend. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by jeanne donahue