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Standards Can Help Fix Students’ Broken Moral Compass

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“Holding students to high standards will help them become strong, morally driven citizens,” writes Sarah M. Yost, a middle-school English teacher in Kentucky in response to a recent piece in The Atlantic that wondered whether students are losing their moral compass. Public school teachers are seeing an “increasingly diverse group of students” with varied backgrounds but Yost said educators must ensure that they’re “teaching appropriately and not ‘preaching’ [their] own opinions and doctrines?” Yost said she uses “rich texts” to help students explore “issues like bullying, abuse and murder, and engage students in questions of ethics and empathy” and that the Common Core gives her the flexibility to “incorporate character education” into her teaching.