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This paper discussed some issues of Confucian-based moral education. It can be claimed on rational socio-historical grounds that the general moral viewpoints and attitudes of modern-day students in Korea have been substantially influenced-if not formed-by and within this Confucian context. Yet, despite this reasonable academic empirical claim, serious questions arise as to the nature of the relationship between the general, formal perception of the status, role, and relevance of the Confucian tra- dition in Korean society and the evaluation of the success of the practice and process of Confucian-based moral education within the school educa- tional system. In particular, what are the reasons underlying the modern strongly expressed general impression that the Confucian philosophy moral education approach in Korean schools has been inadequate and ineffective in relation to the general moral education of students through the moral studies programs in public schools? In attempting to address this issue, we need to examine the present-day mainstream views of current moral education. Confucian moral education would be given particular attention as being useful only through a new interpretation. This process, therefore, requires serious investigation as to its greater educational appropriateness, and this can be done best primarily through an examination of the validity of the arguments for the traditional view. I shall attempt then to consider the necessity and possibility of arguments for the form, principle, and cognition centered interpretation of Confucian moral education.