Saturday, September 14, 2013

Too Much Mumbo Jumbo (Before Trying Jumbo Mumbo)


Linus ain't black, and never will be black - not that it matters:
You can’t just tell Johnny to be good, or not to steal and assume that he will know how, or even be able, to do this by willpower alone. Moral education needs to be more skill-based. That is, we would advise parents to tell their kids not only what the goal is, but also how to get there — what tricks to expect their minds will engage in and what strategies they can use to keep their character moving in the direction they want. Because in the end, it’s not about “Are you a good person in general” — it’s about “Are you a good person right now.”

I'm imagining some black kid, somewhere, earnestly explaining the meaning of Christmas,...