Posts by Dr. Mose Durst

These posts are short essays written by Dr. Mose Durst related to character education and often relate to the themes in Pastor Thompson's sermons. 


  • What is the most extreme example of moral behavior?  My example would be the righteous Christians who risked their lives to protect Jews from the Nazi murderers.  When scholars studied this altruistic behavior they discovered something very ordinary.  
    These altruists explained that their moral behavior was learned at home, where they took seriously what they were taught by their parents. 
     


  • "Middle school is brutal.  Ask just about anyone, and they'll very likely tell you it was the worst time of their life…" 


    Since I teach in middle school at The Principled Academy, I was anxious to read the newly- 
    published book, And They Stopped Talking to Me, by Judith Warner.  I guess I have been unaware of what I should be experiencing.  Warner describes the feeling of exclusion many middle schoolers feel (hence the title of her book), the bullying, insults, popularity contests, sexual attraction, dress demands, and pressure from parents, among many other tortures. 


  • The title of this essay is from a book by Thomas Lickona of the same name.  Raising a good child is perhaps the most challenging and rewarding activity in life.  Parents see a child go through dramatic changes from year to year and sometimes from moment to moment.  Psychologists and educators give us a framework of child development that can enable us to understand that there are stages of moral reasoning and moral behavior. 


  • From a biblical perspective, each person is created in the image of God and has great potential for love, reason, and creativity. From a secular point of view each person has, in potential, the same nature. Psychologists speak of the 24 strengths in each person that can be developed by taking responsibility to cultivate those strengths. These are often the virtues described by the Judeo-Christian worldview: prudence, temperance, justice, and fortitude (courage).


  • Although The Principled Academy aspires to be the character education school of the Bay Area, we do not overlook the importance of a core curriculum.  There is significant knowledge that students must learn from preschool through middle school.  


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