Why Ethics? Why Dewey?

Because our best hope of creating a more just and compassionate world lies in teaching our children lifelong habits of rigorous and open-minded ethical inquiry.

The Ethics in Education Network embraces a secular, progressive, and pragmatic approach to education based on the work of John Dewey (1859-1952), American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer.

While traditional character education focuses on the individual, ethics is always about interaction – interpersonal relationships or community, national, or global issues. Deweyan ethics emphasizes an ongoing process of speculation about the consequences of each possible action over others in light of social changes and scientific discoveries.

EDUCATORS, STUDENTS, PARENTS, SCHOLARS…Whether you’re here to begin learning about ethics in education, you’re ready right now to add an ethics component to your curriculum, or you’ve come to converse with colleagues, you’ve come to the right place.

Recent Newsletter Articles

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Ethical Environments: Robotics

October 16th, 2018|0 Comments

By Carlo Vidrini

Throughout my two decades teaching,  ethics has been central to what I view as my dual role of educator and mentor. Ethics, from the Greek “ethos,” meaning “character,”  comprise the principles and priorities […]

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NY Opens the Door to SEL

October 16th, 2018|0 Comments

By Jon Moscow

In August, the New York State Education Department published Social Emotional Learning: Essential for Learning, Essential for Life, a detailed document calling for all NYS schools to incorporate social emotional learning into their […]

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Critical Care, Cultural Humility and the Reflective Practitioner

April 28th, 2018|0 Comments

By Anthony De Jesús

As a social work educator trained as an education researcher, my understanding of the work of practitioners in schools and other community settings is informed by a number of conceptual frameworks. My […]

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Holistic College and Career Advisement

April 28th, 2018|0 Comments

By Silvia Canales

I have worked in college and career counseling at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol in Harlem since 2001; during the past five years I have formalized the program and spent most of my time on […]

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Events and Opportunities

Summer 2018. Since 2009, Youth Empowered Action Camp has been running life-changing, ridiculously fun and inspiring camps across the country for progressive teens who want to do something about the problems they see in our world. Information

August 2018. Costa Rica. “The Delicate Connection of People and the Biology of the Rainforest: Implication for Curriculum (Grades 2-8)” combines the teaching of tropical cloud-forest ecology and the anthropology of the local community. Offered by Bank Street College of Education. Credits available. Information

Ongoing. New York Area. Factory Farming Awareness Coalition offers free presentations for classes, assemblies, and staff meetings on the social and environmental impact of factory farming. Schedule a presentation.


January 25-27, 2018. The National Institute of PEN, a subsidiary of the national organization of the Progressive Education Network, is holding a six-day, two part workshop to learn about Progressive Education. Register here.

If you’re planning an event that might be of interest to our Network, please let us know. events@ethicsineducationnetwork.org