Teaching Children to Think Ethically

  • Susan T. Gardner


Introduction: There is much that we teach our children—that, for example, Napoleon was defeated at the battle of Waterloo, pasta is the national dish of Italy whose geography closely resembles a boot, 3 x 3 = 9, and salt is made of Sodium and Chloride. Though some of our students do not fare as well as we would like in our educational systems, nonetheless there is much of which we can be proud. The literacy rate in North America is 99% (as it is in most of Western Europe), which contrasts markedly with, for instance, Ethiopia where the literacy rate is approximately 35%, while Chad’s is near the bottom at approximately 25%.1