Bridging Citizenship and Character
Building on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s claim that “Intelligence plus character… is the goal of true education,” this chapter explores the parallels between character development and psychological literacy. The chapter argues, in particular, that promoting the skills of psychological literacy must be balanced against principles of citizenship and community in order to avoid the dangers of instrumental reasoning. In this regard, fostering psychologically literate citizens has much in common with moral character. The chapter proposes service-learning as one strategy for building community and channeling the skills of psychological literacy toward the service of a common good.
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