Teach morality in high school
Michael De Dora
Posted on June 2, 2011
David Briceno makes the case for moral instruction at the high school level:
Even though most young people are not immoral, criminal or evil, there still needs to be secular (nonreligious) ethics classes in America’s high schools that teach modern moral issues so that teens can be well-informed when it comes to making right moral choices in their lives.
Note that Briceno argues for secular, not atheistic ethics classes. Secular ethics classes would focus on teaching and reasoning through the issues based on arguments and evidence from the natural world, but not demand religious belief be left at the classroom door. This is an important distinction.
Perhaps the most important question is whether religious teachers could avoid imposing their views on nonreligious students, or vice versa. Religious and nonreligious ideas will certainly come up in discussion. After all, a person’s position on religion — whether it is true or false, good or bad — undoubtedly influences his or her moral views. How will high school teachers handle this? Or, better yet: can they?
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