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'Moral Democratic Education and Homosexuality: censoring morality' by John Petrovic: a rejoinder

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This article takes issue with certain aspects of the argument put forward by John Petrovic in a recent issue of the Journal of Moral Education: that adherence to principles of democracy requires not only the positive portrayal of homosexuality in schools but also precludes teachers from expressing their beliefs against it. It is argued that certain of Petrovic's appeals to democracy are somewhat rhetorical, and that his fuller characterisation of moral democratic education leaves him open to charges of inconsistency. The second part of the article develops what the author considers to be a more appropriate defence of the view that common schools should indeed present homosexuality as a morally acceptable way of life that some of their students may one day elect to lead, but which argues that there needs also to be within schools (and within the curriculum) full and open debate with those whose competing comprehensive theories of the good life lead them to regard homosexual behaviour as repugnant or even sinful.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2001

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