Critical Lessons: What Our Schools Should Teach by Nel Noddings

By Nel Noddings

How can colleges arrange scholars for actual existence? What should still scholars study in highschool that's hardly ever addressed this day? severe classes recommends sharing hugely arguable matters with highschool scholars, together with "hot" questions about warfare, gender, ads, and faith.

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Might the historical study of pacifism work against patriotism 18 Quoted in Gerald A. Danzer, J. Jorge Klor de Alva, Larry S. Krieger, Louis E. Wilson, and Nancy Woloch, The Americans (Evanston, IL: Houghton Mifflin, 2000), p. 907. 42 The Psychology of War and leave us in a vulnerable position under attack? It might, of course, but that result is probably no more likely than having students turn to communism after reading Marx. That too has happened occasionally and could happen again. The antidote, however, is not to reject the study of Marx or pacifism (or any other historically significant topic) but to read widely, think critically, and discuss openly.

Thus, sometimes a quiet loner suddenly becomes violent or a conscientious worker finds herself unable to rise from bed in the morning. The concept is far from perfect in its explanatory power, and we rarely hear it mentioned today. There are many other explanations for violent acts, and we rarely hear of cases in which energy flows from bad to good. Perhaps that is because almost all people want to think of themselves as good or striving for the good even when they are doing evil things. Ebenezer Scrooge is the only character I can think of whose determination to be nasty and stingy culminated in an outburst of generosity and goodness.

Nigel Nicholson (London: Hogarth Press, 1980), p. 464. See Ruddick, Maternal Thinking; also Jean Bethke Elshtain, Women and War (New York: Basic Books, 1987). See Emilie Buchwald, Pamela R. , Transforming a Rape Culture (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1993). On the genderization of attributes, see Jane Roland Martin, Reclaiming a Conversation (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1985). 40 The Psychology of War many women, as already noted, have been strong supporters of war. Further, it is not only the desire to dominate others that attracts men to war.

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