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Background for the Study of Ethical Systems

Theodore Roosevelt believed that educating a person in mind and not in morals educated a menace to society and that all other problems derived from the lack of morals taught in public schools. Historical sources tell us that from Plato to Dewey, philosophers attempted to transform the way people thought, acted, interacted, and educated. Intellectual elites assumed the role of educating rulers, transmitting certain philosophical ideas, and redirecting culture.

Every historical era included a struggle for power over people’s ideas; twenty-first century America was no exception.