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The Moral Intelligence of Children by Robert Coles

The Moral Intelligence of Children

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The Moral Intelligence of Children by Robert Coles
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Jan 01, 1998 | ISBN 9780452279377

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“An inspiring book that is full of stories, examples, and provocative ideas that help the reader think differently about the important role adults play in shaping a child’s moral intelligence. Cole’s style of writing and use of case study examples and personal experiences is a delightful and effective way to illustrate such an abstract concept. This book should be read by parents, teachers, and clinicians.”—Valerie Maholmes, The American Journal of Psychiatry
“Written with his customary acute perceptiveness, this important inquiry will enlighten parents, teachers and caregivers concerned with children’s moral intelligence.”—Publishers Weekly
“Coles’ energy and intellectual reach by themselves have earned him public notice, but other qualities—such as clear prose and good taste in the prose of others, especially Walker Percy and Flannery O’Connor—have attracted a far wider audience than the jargon-spewing social scientists and language-hating literary critics of present-day academia could ever hope to enjoy… With unaffected reverence for the Golden Rule, Coles, as it were, lifts the child off the analyst’s couch and deposits him back in the home. He urges us—particularly us parents—to see our children as morally educable, even when they’re babies, and not just as primitive masses of conflicting emotions and needs.”—John R. MacArthur, Los Angeles Times
“There are two especially noteworthy features to Coles’s argument. First, moral character is shaped from infancy through adolescence through witnessing the conduct and caring of others and through moral conversations. In this way, certain moral qualities, such as empathy, are nurtured or thwarted.”—Larry Hultgren, Metapsychology
“Intelligent, accessible and compelling, The Moral Intelligence of Children effectively captures the challenge, for children and parents alike, of struggling with life’s ironies and ambiguities.”—People

Table Of Contents


I. Moral Intelligence
1. The Moral Imagination: Witnesses
2. The Good Person
3. A Not-so-Good Person: Moral Undertow
4. Moral Crossroads – Bad Behavior, Bad “Witnesses”

II. The Moral Archaeology of Childhood
1. The Early Years
2. The Elementary School Years: The Age of Conscience
3. Adolescence

III. Letter to Parents and Teachers


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