A leg for me to stand on

I have thought many times the confounding nature of encouraging moral teaching in the classroom, as our society today looks at some of those types of teaching as “indoctrination.” However, I recently read a paper about education in the Third Reich, I am reminded that history has a crucial role to play in supporting the ideas and morals of free speech, and the encouragement of human connection in teaching. Probably my favorite quote from the document I read was a quote from a book entitled, Teacher and Child, by Haim Ginott.

Women and babies shot and killed by high school and college graduates. So I’m suspicious of education. My request is: help your students to be human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, or educated Eichmanns. Reading and writing and spelling and history and arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our students human. (317)

Ginott gives voice to my feelings on the importance of encouraging the best of humankind in education. Holocaust stories have a tendency to tug at the heartstrings of most people in this country. And maybe, just maybe, this type of thinking, the words that are shared by authors like Ginott can support my arguments that I want to discuss and research in my dissertation.

What is so vital about teaching our students to be human? Especially in light of all I’ve been learning about technology, I would love to know about more thought leaders who share thoughts about educating for morality, for humane-ness, for liberty. The subjects themselves are a vehicle through which we deliver and share a relationship based on moral grounds.


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