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What Does It Take to Develop “Moral Literacy”?
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By Mann Rentoy

MORAL LITERACY: The “X Factor” in K+12 Education February 16, 2013, UA&P

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Who is forming our children’s conscience?

You ?

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Environment?

Media? Peers? School?

Historically...
Environment

Pernicious

Insidious

Clandestine
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If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.
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Assault on Today’s Children
Video Games
Your Child

Violence in Media

Hedonism

Materialism

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Assault on Today’s Children
Religious Indifference

Divorce

Alcoholism

Softness

Moral Relativism

False Heroes

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“Values” According to Modern Environment

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Killing is okay if for entertainment purposes only.
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Violent Video Games Violence in movies
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“Values” According to Modern Environment

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Virginity is only for losers.

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“Values” According to Modern Environment
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Suffering has to be avoided at all cost. Pleasure is supreme.

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“Values” According to Modern Environment
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It’s okay to cheat, for as long as you don’t get caught.

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McCann Erickson Youth Studies of 2000 and 2005 ... and the McCann Erickson Intergeneration Study of 2006 ... tell us that the 16.5 million Filipino “youth” below the age of 21 are “technocentric”: spending an inordinate amount of time in front of either the computer monitor or the TV set, surfing the Internet, text messaging or playing computer and video games.
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“Values” According to Modern Environment
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Rock Stars and Athletes are the role models and standards of excellence.

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Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression. - Haim Ginott
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Family Influences on the Lifestyle of the Filipino Youth
Grace T. Cruz, Elma P. Laguna and Corazon M. Raymundo

“... Parents who are perceived to hold a liberal attitude increases the odds for the adolescents to engage in risky social behaviors.”

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Family Influences on the Lifestyle of the Filipino Youth
Grace T. Cruz, Elma P. Laguna and Corazon M. Raymundo

...those who view their parents to be more permissive are expected to eventually adopt a more liberal attitude and thus are more likely to engage in risk behaviors as well.
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Family Influences on the Lifestyle of the Filipino Youth
Grace T. Cruz, Elma P. Laguna and Corazon M. Raymundo

“... Adolescent who view their parents to have a stable marital union are less likely to engage in the 4 of the 5 risk behaviors (except commercial sex).”

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Family Influences on the Lifestyle of the Filipino Youth
Grace T. Cruz, Elma P. Laguna and Corazon M. Raymundo

“... With the increasing westernization of mass media which threaten traditional values inculcated by the family, its increasing appeal to the young poses serious implications. It is worth noting however, that family values and parental guidance continue to show significant influence in trying to neutralize the effects of media and peers.”
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McCann Erickson Youth Studies of 2000 and 2005

...This generation of Filipino youth looks primarily to celebrities as their role models.

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McCann Erickson Youth Studies of 2000 and 2005

But even more alarming, the Inter-generation study showed that there is a severe loosening of moral values among adult Filipinos, and this is reflected in what young people consider right and wrong.
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McCann Erickson Youth Studies of 2000 and 2005

As a consequence, about half of them do not consider as “wrong” such acts as casual sex, premarital sex, using a prostitute, getting drunk, gambling, hazing, abortion, homosexual relationships, and suicide.
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Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
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Training for the task of developing moral literacy in students:

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Understanding the moral virtues

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Learning how good habits (virtues) are formed

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Knowing and understanding moral principles and ethics in education

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Formation of conscience

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Direct and indirect instruction to develop moral literacy

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Teach the great character strengths:
By your example •By your direction •By your verbal explanations

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As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.
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Developing Moral Literacy involves:

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Study of moral doctrine

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Getting specific training

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Giving good personal example, especially in the practice of the moral virtues
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Introducing the students to appropriate role models

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Direct and indirect instruction

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Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. -Bob Talbert
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The greatest thing that the Father can do is to love his wife. Children will then learn LOVE at home.
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The greatest thing that the teacher can do is to love his/her students. Children will then learn LOVE in school.
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Emilio Advincula

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Maria Fe Sotelo

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Kesz Valdez

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Nick Vuijic

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What Does It Take to Develop “Moral Literacy”?
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By Mann Rentoy

MORAL LITERACY: The “X Factor” in K+12 Education February 16, 2013, UA&P