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Ellen Feig

Professor, Bergen Community College


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Can one teach young people to be moral? Is morality something that must be taught in the home? Is it innate?

Currently I am working on a professional development platform focused on teaching college students ethics and morality. Young people seem to be incredibly disengaged from others, have little sense of what it means to be moral, gracious or ethical and don't care. How can we teach morality or is it something that is innate?

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    Jan 24 2013: G'day Ellen

    We once had churches & their related religions in the west guide us in this area but that has deminished over the last number of dacades & now young people have very little guidance in this area.

    Morality & ethics isn't a natural process that we just take on, like any other process it has to be learnt. Morals & ethics can be taught in the home however this will only work to the degree of respect, we really need a social base that we can respect like we once did to learn from, you can't learn from a disrespectful mode of thought as one must have respect to learn freely from.

    There is so much media out there showing the young how to be less respectful & emoral these days as well which doesn't of course help with young minded values. The answer isn't easy of course but obtainable if one is willing to at least see the cause of such immoral & unethical values.

    • Jan 24 2013: Organised religion has nothing to do with morals.
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        Jan 24 2013: G’day Geraldene

        If you mean that organised religion isn’t moral because of religious wars, numerous acts of paedophilia, building up wealthy church states while the poor go hungry & so on & so on yes I would agree. I’m not religious myself however religion did teach us morals when we were young especially in concern with the Ten Commandments of course they did this while being immoral themselves which we were blinded too.

        I still think we miss & still need a structure social body to learn from but of course something a little more moral & ethical than what we had.


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