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Blue_Chill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 11:46 AM
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Should schools teach morals and ethics to children?
I'm a young guy and I remember that my public schools didn't teach anything ever approaching ethics or morals to any of us. It was anything goes as long as you keep your mouth shut and listen in my school.

In a time when more families are either both working or single parents working and they have less time and patience for their kids. A lot of kids grow up with their only life lessons coming from the media view sports icons, music stars, and hollywood. So I ask should schools teach this stuff and if so what should they teach?

Make up a list of what you would seek to teach the social security life blood of tomorrow?
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FreedomReload Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 11:50 AM
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1. Schools Should Teach Kids How To Think
Give them situations and let them discuss what the right thing to do would be.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 12:24 PM
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15. I'm quite convinced that
schools here in the UK, and I easily believe in the US too, are very deliberately being set up to make sure of quite the opposite: that kids never do any serious thinking on any serious topic. Good little consumers and pliant employees, that's all the Powers want them to be.
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edward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 02:17 PM
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23. Absolutely true.
A principal in a school where I was teaching told me that parents complain anytime something thought provoking enters the curriculum.
He wasn't joking. Therefore, no critical thinking.
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knight_of_the_star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 02:20 PM
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24. If it is in the context of a philosophy class
Then I would not object. Now if they were teaching only ONE set of morals and ethics to follow, I might have a problem with that.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 03:22 PM
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32. But repukes want parents to do that (and other non-sequiturs)
Parents should teach the kids, not schools.

Thanks to republicans and their pro-supply-side economic voo-doo:

both parents have to work multiple jobs, no time to be with the kids

pukes don't want public schools to do this; much better to hand out "vouchers" to help pay for private schools (which "coincides" with the religious schools, hint hint hint...) and as a result reduce to eliminate public schooling. (everything's got to be privitized, of course.)

I'm sure there are other examples, but these ones are quite good on their own.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 08:16 PM
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60. everything a child experiences teaches them ethics and morals
Schools should formally teach ethics.

Schools should mostly teach children how to think.
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pocoloco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 11:50 AM
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2. # 1
The Golden Rule
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Blue_Chill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 11:52 AM
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3. good start
Edited on Sun Sep-14-03 11:53 AM by Blue_Chill
You can't go wrong with do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Or in it's updated version "if you fuck wit peeps they will fuck wit choo" (a kid actually said this to me)
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