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Let’s Teach Good Values To Our Children

July 26, 2012

Let’s Teach Good Values To Our Children

The following is an excellent article on much of what is going wrong in America.

I do not agree that children are born barbarians, as the author implies with his quote of Thomas Sowell.

By the way, this will be only one of a very few times that I am likely to disagree with Thomas Sowell; a brilliant conservative economist who I greatly admire.

As a developmental psychologist, I would ask you to consider that infants are born with certain biologically based tendencies that become more complex and refined with maturation. Also, just as importantly, healthy infants show an amazing and growing ability to learn increasingly complex behavior patterns, discriminations, emotions, and expectations from their environments. Their environments are composed of their physical surroundings; including behaving people, their artifacts, technology, practices and rituals…i.e.,  the values and reflections of values that comprise one’s socioculture.

I believe that certain things desperately need correction in modern America’s socioculture and Mr. Hawkins has clearly identified some of these things.

To both escape and avoid our children developing into barbarians, we must teach the right values to them. In this we are now failing.

Please read Mr. Hawkins’ short and informative article.

VTM,  7/26/12

http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2012/07/24/5_values_we_dont_teach_the_way_we_should_in_america/page/full/


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