Teaching for thinking

Ethical reasoning

Authored by: Robert J. Sternberg

The Routledge International Handbook of Research on Teaching Thinking

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415747493
eBook ISBN: 9781315797021
Adobe ISBN: 9781317752301


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The beginning of the end, it is generally agreed, was in 1962 (“Centralia, Pennsylvania: Truth is Stranger than Fiction,” 2009). Someone burned trash in the pit of an abandoned strip mine in Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA. It was illegal; it was unethical; but people do this kind of thing all the time. An exposed vein of coal caught fire. The fire was doused with water and town officials thought the fire was extinguished. But it wasn’t, and the fire erupted again, unexpectedly, in the same pit just a few days later. More water was applied and town officials thought that was the end of it. But again, it wasn’t.

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