How Can Teachers Cultivate Virtue? Essay

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John Locke’s Some Thoughts Concerning Education evaluates the importance of cultivating virtue in our students. He suggests that virtue should be valued above of wisdom, breeding and learning. He also argues that the ultimate goal is to be happy. Even though Locke says that virtue is God-given, I think it is important to acknowledge the secular view on virtue and how it pertains to the modern day classroom. When I think about virtue, I think about genuinely nice people who look out and serve those around them. How can teachers cultivate virtue in students?

John Dewey writes Democracy and Education where he discusses communities and how they influence and facilitate learning. He claims that “education is a social function securing direction and development in the immature through their participation in the life of the group they belong”. The two key characteristics of successful group are communication and the variety of experiences and undertakings. In a classroom, it is important to expose students to diversity. If a teacher chose to be selective when teaching new material, students would only learn limited perspectives. Since education socializes, that means that we are using teaching to mold students into who we desire them to be. If teachers only choose to share limited perspectives, students would not learn to critically think about and evaluate what they are being taught; they would internalize what the teacher presents. Teachers should be careful when educating…

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