Thoughts on a Strong Society with Strong Core Values

Here in Florida, we have an educational system called Character Counts, and I see a connection on LinkedIn has posted a piece on “common values and a code for inclusive citizenship.”

While it is possible that the people behind his group, and even some of the people behind the Florida system have good intentions, though in both cases I have reasons to be suspicious, any system that aims to teach our children what our core values are so they may be inclusive citizens, seems more like brainwashing and indoctrination. If one is interested in creating a more inclusive society, that truly represents the core values of our citizens, it seems to me we need to turn these programs on their heads.

Let’s invite the children, and their families, to bring their diversity of beliefs and principles to us, to enlarge the teachings of the classroom and the rest of the community to embrace those whose values may differ from ours, lets embrace them as having equal validity as our own, though we may choose to not incorporate them all into our own values, nor should we expect others to incorporate ours into their beliefs.

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