Purpose of the assignment: The purpose of the Moral and Educational Framework (MEF) assignment is to encourage students to integrate their thinking about moral values and education sparked by this course in some coherent, not necessarily comprehensive, way. My hope is that you will leave this assignment with a document that articulates the moral piece of your vision as an educational leader, a document that can guide you as you proceed in your professional career.
The product: You should produce a 8-10 page, 12 font, double-spaced document that addresses two major streams of questions:
1) What core religious and/or philosophical values motivate you as an educator? How have you arrived at these values? How might a critic challenge your value system and how would you defend it? How “public” are your values, meaning how translatable are they to a secular context, and is this important to you?
2) How might you implement these values in terms of ethics, or guiding principles of action, in your public role as an educator? In other words, what are the implications of these values for your professional life? What values-related challenges might you face as an educator, and how might you overcome these challenges?
As for citing sources, your project should contain a bibliography including at least 5-7 sources (more is fine, but I would rather see a concise set of sources well employed) that are used productively in the paper. I encourage you to use some of our assigned readings as key sources, assuming they are helpful.
The process: As you proceed through the course, keep a running record of what you are learning from the various streams of information and discussion. Try whatever strategy works for you to forge personally meaningful connections between these individual sources and others you know about or decide to pursue. I will ask you about your progress in class and meet with...