Friday, January 28, 2011

How can parents instil values in their kids?

Our primary responsibility to our children is not that of telling them moment-to-moment or day-to-day how to behave. [...] Your job is not to protect your children from the world. Your job is to provide means for your children to learn, in their own ways, about the world and to prepare themselves for it. And, to the degree that you can, your job is to help make the world a better place--better for your children, your children's children, and everyone's children. ~Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College, in "Freedom to Learn"

I agree. To become valued adults... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What is the benefit of discomfort?

The most basic animal instinct is for self-preservation. As infants, we always honor that drive to survive by crying when discomfort alerts us to a need. As we grow older, however, we ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Why are personal values important?

The status quo is a social model, and children in the society grow accustomed to that valued pattern of behavior. From infancy, we ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How does the status quo change?

As we saw in the 1960s, while the need for change becomes obvious, understanding alone doesn't complete the transition. The status quo ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Monday, January 17, 2011

How do we change the status quo?

Complaint, argument, and reasoning against unacceptable behavior have no power in and of themselves: Words alone are insufficient to actuate a better alternative. Gandhi and King ... READ MORE
Martin Luther King Jr. portrait
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
I wonder... what you think.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Why are values important?

If we don't stand for what we value, we'll stand for anything.

Without recognizing our own values, we would ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Friday, January 14, 2011

What values are worth your vote?

Tolerance may be a virtue, but when equity and human rights are violated by competing values, it's important to know – and show – where you choose to stand.

I'm reminded of ... READ MORE
I wonder... how you will vote.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

How can values change the world?

Every person on earth, whether they know it or not, votes on the direction of the planet's social evolution. In every community, acceptance and social status are derived from ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What's politics got to do with the American crisis?

I want the politicians running my country to be smarter than I am, to be able to lead the world to a peaceful, compassionate, and sustainable future. That means I'm not a fan of Sarah Palin. The best I can say for her is that she reminds me of Ronald Reagan: she's photogenic, affable, and folksy in her well-choreographed performances. That's not intended as a compliment or any recommendation for political ambitions. I wish bright, concerned, and compassionate little Christina-Taylor Green, recently elected to her 3rd-grade student council, had had a chance to grow into her potential as a political aspirant; the nation would ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Why do we need personal values?

In the world of constant change, we begin where we arrive, indoctrinated by our forefathers' custom. This is a necessity. As babies we have no perceptive skill; we must learn how to connect the arriving sensory input to ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Monday, January 10, 2011

How does social change occur?

If change weren't the way of life, time would seem to stand still. Progress would perpetually recycle as we rode horses for hours to get across town and sailed close to shore for fear of ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

What has happened to American reason?

The shocking January 8th massacre at a political rally seems like news out of some oppressive dictatorship or the work of extremist fanatics in a foreign theocracy. That the shooting was at a shopping center in Tucson, Arizona, brings the frightening message ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Why does adolescent rebellion fail?

Society habituates the status quo as the living basis its descendants learn. From birth, an underlying yearning for ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Why is anti-anything the wrong value?

While following the fishy bicycle trail to Irina Dunn, I stumbled across some interesting blogfood. Back in her 2006 article "The high cost of losing our religion", Julia Baird remarked on a theme I've long contemplated: the 60s Feminists chose the wrong strategy. ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What is true?

I often ask myself, "Is that true?" when I come across a statement in an article or broadcast. Sometimes, it turns out, what "everyone knows" ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Monday, January 3, 2011

What do you value?

We assign value by determining what is worth our time, attention, and support; and the cumulative use of our time, effort, and resources demonstrates what we value most.

When what we value most is ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

What will you say and do this year?

You're going to have to live with whatever you do next for the rest of your life. How you choose to say [and do] what you want to say [and do] is crucial, so think very carefully about who you want to be when you look back on this story.
~ Advice from a friend quoted by writer Lisa Kogan  

It's like I told my daughter when she was a teenager: You're going to ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.