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.

Fall 2017 Symposium Highlights


04:00 Abena Koomsen-Davis

25:00 Paula Rogovin

01:03 Amy Halpern-Laff

1:08:40 Lev Moscow

Recent Newsletter Articles

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Ethical Dining at School

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

By Amy Halpern-Laff

Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself. – John Dewey

John Dewey (1859-1952) was arguably the most consequential educational thinker of the twentieth century. According to Dewey, education should consist of […]

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Toward an Ethical Disciplinary Process for Teachers

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

By Catlin Preston

I have told this story of my “disappearance” too many times and yet not often enough in forums that might lead to change. The NYC Department of Education (DOE) disciplinary process for teachers […]

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It’s Not Personal: Moving from Individual Racial Incidents to Organizational Racial Conflict

June 6th, 2017|0 Comments

By Dr. Blanca E. Vega

Racism in higher education is often conceptualized as a student or individualized problem. If institutions of higher education are serious about making progress in this arena, however, they need to view […]

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The Art of Social Justice: Behold the beautiful struggle!

June 6th, 2017|0 Comments

The Museum as Ethics Classroom

By Adjoa Jones de Almeida

On February 9, 2017, a few weeks after Trump’s presidential inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington, the Brooklyn Museum held a historic gathering, entitled “Defending Immigrant […]

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Events and Opportunities

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