Interviews with school leaders and scholars—plus other resources—to provide insight on how culture shapes the character and commitments of students
Academic Dean Melinda Mahand explains how a little book by John Milton inspired the vision for character formation at Franklin Classical School. Ancient texts—like the Bible and the chivalric code—serve as sources for Franklin’s definition of what virtue is and how to live it out.
In this full-length interview and accompanying transcript, sociologist Patricia Maloney addresses issues like these:
• The vast differences between charter schools and how they seek to form character
• Why a relational approach to education can be a double-edged sword
• The careful dance of teaching cultural capital
In this short clip, sociologist Jack Wertheimer talks with veteran educator Angus McBeath about the religious underpinnings and everyday practice of restorative justice and community service in Jewish day high schools.
“I was something of a scam who was forced to become authentic to keep food on the table.”
History, argues educator and author Joshua Gibbs, is a story of heroes and villains. Rather than a mere retelling of facts, history should be used as a powerful tool to teach virtue, defined by Gibbs as “a quality of excellence in a human being” such as wisdom, courage, temperance, and love.
In this short clip, sociologist David Sikkink talks with veteran educator Angus McBeath about why some evangelical Protestant schools have reservations about the idea of “character education”—and how they are seeking to change hearts and minds.