Archive for Ethics and Morality

Children’s Freedom: A Human Rights Perspective

Children today are far more deprived of liberty than they were in decades past, and they are suffering because of that. The culprit is our ignorance, not ill will.

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Infants’ Instincts to Help, Share, and Comfort

Children know innately what they must do to develop well. This applies to physical, intellectual, emotional and social development—and also to moral development.

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Toddlers Want to Help and We Should Let Them

Researchers have found that very young children innately want to help, and they will continue helping into adulthood.

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Confessions of a Privileged White Guy

After reading yet another story of an innocent African American reported to police for looking suspicious, I thought of how my life would change if I were Black.

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Mend the Gap Between Rich and Poor in School Achievement

The more rigid and authoritarian the school program is, the greater is the achievement gap between rich and poor. The more trusting and empowering it is, the smaller is the gap.

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Ideal Purposes of Schools: Readers Weigh In

About 170 readers responded to my request to describe the ideal purposes of schools. Their responses, taken all together, produce a vision that is worthy of serious consideration.

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Social Norms, Moral Judgments, and Irrational Parenting

We are all conformists; it’s part of human nature. But sometimes our conformist nature leads us to do things that are downright silly or, worse, tragic.

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Why Our Coercive System of Schooling Should Topple

Our coercive system of K-12 schooling has reached the breaking point. It's breaking too many kids. It never worked well, but we've increased its weight to a pathological level.

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Why Our Coercive System of Schooling Should Topple

Our coercive system of K-12 schooling has reached the breaking point. It's breaking too many kids. It never worked well, but we've increased its weight to a pathological level.

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Why Our Coercive System of Schooling Should Topple

Our coercive system of K-12 schooling has reached the breaking point. It's breaking too many kids. It never worked well, but we've increased its weight to a pathological level.

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