Debating Is Good for Kids

It's one thing to learn facts. It's a whole other to learn to think. This is true for our children, for the after school program where I work, and even for my small knowledge of and experience with Kenya (where, for decades, people were taught to not think for themselves, whether by missionaries or by the government).

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  1. With the older ones maybe you can debate topics related to the problems you mentioned...whether or not it's a problem, and ideas that might help bring them to people's attention and spur change. Ownership goes a long way, particularly with ideas.

  2. Do you mean the problems of education, teen pregnancies, and disconnected dads? That is a great idea.

  3. Visiting from Kevin DeYoung's blog post on Parenting today and just wanted to say "hi"!

    I'm not sure if you're in a Christian or secular setting, but debating "gray" areas could be interesting.

  4. Thanks for "stopping by."

    Well, in God's perspective, there really is nothing secular, right? But I know what you mean. :)

    I work at the Boys & Girls Club in a very impoverished area. I like to say that this is a "morally-positive, spiritually-neutral" environment. You can read the post when you click through "Marvin Love" above, where I discuss why it's important for Christians to serve in the (secular) culture.