CultureFeed’s Angus McBeath, a former public school teacher and administrator in Canada, recently sat down with sociologist Jeffrey Guhin to discuss Guhin’s research on shaping student character in a sample of US urban public high schools. Guhin, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, has summarized the results of his research in “Urban Public High Schools: Self-Actualization vs. Citizenship?,” a chapter of the book The Content of Their Character: Inquiries into the Varieties of Moral Formation

In Part I of the interview, posted below, McBeath and Guhin discuss a range of issues, including the importance of teachers, what surprised Guhin in his research, and a divided view of the good life in the schools he visited. Video Length: 29:46.

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