Interviews with school leaders and scholars—plus other resources—to provide insight on how culture shapes the character and commitments of students
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.
In this short clip, education researcher Richard Fournier talks to CultureFeed Editor Joanna Breault about the ethos of “school as family” found in many rural public schools—a culture that can result in both positive and negative effects.
In this short clip, sociologist Jeffrey Dill talks to CultureFeed Editor Joanna Breault about two educational frameworks that frequently guide homeschooling families—and how those frameworks impact character formation in a homeschool setting.
In this short clip, sociologist Kathryn Wiens talks with veteran educator Angus McBeath about the tension many independent school students feel between academic achievement and personal honor. She also explains how some prep schools are forging a new paradigm.
In this full-length interview and accompanying transcript, sociologist Carol Ann MacGregor addresses issues like these:
• The way many Catholic schools hold students accountable for their behavior both on and off school grounds
• How Catholic schools handle student disagreement with the church on moral issues
• The benefit of hiring alumni as teachers