Sound familiar?

{from Joel Judd 950511.1325}

At the risk of belaboring the point, here's an editorial that I found in
a newsletter from _The Cardigan Chronicle_, a publication of the
Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire (I don't know HOW it made it
to me). Anyway, before I throw it out, I thought I'd share some of the
editorial:

Today, although educators know a great deal more about how children
learn, and about how the human brain processes information, the
relevancy of such questions as "What are we teaching our children?" and
"What kind of information do our children have access to?" has become of
major concern to parents and teachers alike. The rising number of
crimes and incidents of violence among children and youth is symptomatic
of something that has gone awry in our culture.

When, where, and how are children acquiring the kinds of values that
seem to be setting them more often on paths of meterialism,
self-centeredness, and greed, and how can the virtues which are extolled
in western and most world cultures and religions be resinstated as
the values toward which they should strive?

At a recent meeting of the National Association of Independent
Schools...Douglas Heath...outlined seven characteristics as traits which
he believes lead to virtue and success: empathy and caring, honesty and
hard work, tolerance and sense of humor, and adaptability...

In our times, the amount of information, and access to information of
all kinds seems almost limitless. Therefore, we must ask, "How can
children and youth be channeled so that they are guided to choose the
path of virtue?"...The general assumption is that the information to
which there is such easy access...is accurate, and judgments are made on
the basis of this information. How can we help our children
discriminate between useful information which will aid them in
developing virtuous and positive behavior, and information that promotes
negative values or is simply irrelevant...More burden falls on the
schools than ever before to teach students when and how to access
information, and to provide the proper "filters" in helping students to
weigh and determine the real value of information in the context of
improving society and upholding human ideals...

Hmmm, maybe there IS some information in the perceptual signal after
all! ;->

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TO: CSG-L INTERNET Any user on the Internet, not at DESE Proj. Box

FROM: JUDDJ DESEINST Joel Judd - DESE - Division of Instruction

DATE: May 11, 1995
SUBJECT: Sound familiar?