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The Moral Intelligence of Children: How To Raise A Moral Child by [Robert Coles]

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Despite our society's astounding success in securing material comfort and security, the moral crisis of modernity continues to be a thorn in our sides. Why is it that our superior educational system doesn't churn out superior moral adults? Robert Coles takes up where Daniel Goleman left off in his groundbreaking Emotional Intelligence and shows us how children learn moral behavior and how we can better teach them. Instead of theoretical essays filled with statistics and dry case studies, Coles's style of addressing the reader through the use of anecdotes and ruminations makes for a comfortable, engaging read. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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The prolific Coles, Harvard's noted social ethicist and author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning five-volume Children of Crisis, muddies the ethical waters conceptually in this rather loosely organized guide on raising a child to be a moral person. Linking morality to general character development, to ``goodness,'' rather than to specific issues of ethical attitudes and behavior, Coles meanders from topic to topic, discussing such matters as the process by which young people develop a worldview and manners, how career choices emerge, the nature of sociability in the young, and the origins of spirituality. Coles has a penchant for rhetorical overdrive, resulting in too many run-on sentences (one tops out at 138 words). Readers may feel that he quotes too liberally from his mentor, Anna Freud, and that he relies too frequently on excerpts from transcripts of group discussions he has held with parents, adolescents, and children. Finally, Coles sometimes states as a seemingly fresh perception concepts that have been in circulation for years, such as the idea that children, particularly adolescents, need and hunger for moral values and limits, that they often feel alienated or lost without such values, and that parents and teachers best impart these values through the day-to-day manifestations of empathy, kindness, and similar forms of sensitivity to others rather than through preaching or nagging. To be sure, Coles does glean some telling comments from young people. An adolescent girl, fed up with her parents' obsessive fretting about her possible romantic and sexual entanglements with boys, says shrewdly, ``I wish my parents would stop turning me into one more reason not to worry about themselves.'' In general, however, Coles has considered the issues raised in this book more profitably in a host of earlier works, particularly The Moral Life of Children (1985) and The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination (1988). He has little to add here. (First printing of 75,000; author tour) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B005HE8EJI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House; 1st edition (September 7, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 7, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3127 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 218 pages
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Robert Coles is professor emeritus at Harvard University and the author of numerous books, including his series Children of Crisis, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. He has also won a MacArthur Award, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a National Humanities Medal. He lives in Massachusetts.

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