There is currently another curriculum review underway in the UK. Emma Worley asks whether lessons in morality be considered within the review and if schools should ‘build character and virtue’, how should this be done?
“Over the last two decades, many would agree that our educational philosophy at every level has been more and more dominated by an instrumentalist model; less and less concerned with a building of virtue, character and citizenship – ‘civic excellence’ as we might say. And a good educational system in a healthy society is one that builds character, that builds virtue.”
This was said in the House of Lords by Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, following the recall to parliament last week.