HOW YOUTH LEARN:

HANDLE WITH CARE
  Most children and adolescents want to be good, but they find it very difficult. There are many competing pressures on them, and they often feel that they must choose between loyalty to friends and "doing what is right," as dictated by parents and teachers. Children need opportunities to talk with sympathetic adults who can help them to understand that they are not alone in their ethical confusion and that they are not the only ones who sometimes fall short of their own ethical ideal. The latest issue of Greater Good magazine features several essays on the topic of "everyday ethics," including an essay by Nel Noddings about how to teach children to make ethical decisions in their daily lives. To deal with everyday ethical problems, argues Noddings, kids need more than just a simple list of rules or virtues. They need chances to talk through their problems with caring and engaged adults. Her essay can be found at: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/greatergood/archive/2006springsummer/noddings.html http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/greatergood/archive/2006springsummer/noddings.html




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