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This critique of latest types of personality schooling beneficial properties own remark, instructing examples, and scholar observation.

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We can help them gain a grasp and appreciation of these traits by giving them material to read. . There are many wonderful stories of virtue and vice with which our children should be familiar. William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, 1993 Stories help to make sense of our lives. They also create a desire to be good. Plato, who thought long and hard about the subject of moral education, believed that children should be brought up in such a way that they would fall in love with virtue.

They believe it is mainly by reading these books that children can find the proper heroes to emulate in reclaiming, and learning, the traditional moral values. According to William Honig (1987), "Great literature can create that sense of empathy, of shared values, of belonging to a civilization with a common history and common concerns . . it has the power to show us what moral and immoral characters look like" (pp. 6566). The Classical Worldview and the Role of Virtue As upholders of "traditional moral values," the declinists are self-declared "neo-classicists" who extol the traditional virtues of Western civilization, especially those embodied in the cultural legacy of the ancient Greeks.

Furthermore, I will attempt to make the case that while character education is strong on prescription and exhortation, it has yet to develop an effective praxis. Pedagogically, character educators do one of two things. Either they advocate assigning traditional readings rich with virtue implications and assume that students will somehow get the moral message and miraculously emerge from their studies as more virtuous people. Or else they create prepackaged moral-character handbooks designating predetermined outcomescomplete with checklists, charts, simulations, and role-playswhich educators can use to teach virtue by the numbers.

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