Does Education Affect Morality? There have been a lot of case studies to be observed on the subject. I will try to keep this short and sweet, while giving examples for you to look at for your own observations.
Now, as a point of reference I will use my own view on morality. I believe the only real immoral act is to knowingly OR purposefully harm or take from another by FORCE. I live by the golden rule. Politics is a hot button issue for me, as some of you may know. I won't be getting into that in detail, but Politics is a very good place to study the issue of education and morality.
As such, I think it is important to note that due to the nature of education effecting morality, it is difficult for a "universal" opinion on the subject to form. Education is based on a person to person basis, and even if the education system is designed to be distributed to the masses, everyone takes something different from that information.
This is where observing Politics comes in. Some of you may know this, but 40% of Americans WILL NOT VOTE. I feel like a bigger number don't want anything to do with it altogether. Personally, this saddens me. I've learned a lot about who I am and how I interact with the world based on my study of politics. Can't say I blame people for not wanting to though. It's such an emotional issue.
Politics can be defined as the study and practice of morality. Government isn't designed to be in business to make money. That would be immoral for the public servants to Tax in order to gain for themselves, right? Taxation in itself is a moral gray area. Many believe that taxation is necessary for society to function. After all, without Taxation we wouldn't have roads, schools, hospitals, fire fighters, police officers, and so on. Right?
Well, I think it's important to also look at the people who believe that the private sector can accomplish these things as well. To them, taxation is a force used upon them. Can we really all agree that taxation is necessary for society to advance? No, we don't. The large majority believe it is necessary, but not ALL.
However, another question I would like to spark is: If the majority agrees it is moral, does that make it so? How do we define morality? Every person is different and there is no universal definition of morality(and probably never will be).
Now, back to education. We teach a lot of things in our public schools, and we try to be objective about these things(well, for the most part). The education system has set up specific course work and subject matters for schools to follow. There is an entity called the Common Core, which is aimed at making a sweeping initiative to make curriculum in schools uniform.
This sounds like a great idea, right? Everyone gets the same education, and we can trust the information is widespread. Well, we run into the problem I detailed before. Every person uses that information differently. No matter how uniform, how easy the information becomes, some people value it differently.
In this sense, can we really teach morality? Well, our parents also have an effect on our perception of morality. But I would argue that public education can NOT shape our view of morality no matter how uniform it becomes. Now we've gone full loop. I'll ask the question again, and let you seek the answer for yourself.
Does Education Affect Morality?