Fostering Moral Behavior in Children

With rising youth violence, increasing peer cruelty, coarsening of language, a declining work ethic, diminished personal and civic responsibility, escalating dishonesty, growing ethical illiteracy, and growing disrespect for parents, teachers, and other legitimate authority figures, one wonders if too little emphasis is placed on morality among the young. According to a number of scholars, the answer is a definitive yes. Among the most vocal and widely respected of these voices is Harvard...
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It’s a Wonderful Life

  In this continuation of yesterday’s post (An Honest Person), I decided to name it after my favorite movie of all time, which I had never seen until well into my thirties, when I was staying with my oldest brother and his family one Christmas holiday. It reinforced what I suppose I always knew – that everyone’s life has meaning, and that little things can cause huge ripple effects, a lot of times when we aren’t even aware of them. But more on that another day. So there I was, in ...
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The Bicycle

  And speaking of bicycles (Lost and Found), the other day I was walking into a grocery store, and some guy rode up on one and left it unlocked right next to the entrance to the store. He arrived just ahead of me and left the bike leaning against the outside wall. It was a nice ride – a mountain bike – and as I walked by, the first thought that went through my mind was: wouldn’t it be funny if I got on his bike and rode away? He wouldn’t even notice me. I actually laughed at the t...
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