Helping kids master what matters: Emotions, relationships and a good dose of skepticism

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  • Light and Liberty St. George/Washington, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 6:09 p.m.

    Skeptic: ...and what enlightened truths have you derived from your "free thinking" that you can pass along to us sheep? I haven't seen much of a consensus from our free thinkers that they can pass along to us sheep to better our lives, so I have to search them out one at a time for some possible clues that will make mankind reach a higher level! What, may I ask, can you tell me?

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 1, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    All man kind should drop the blind fold or religion and become free thinkers, and learn and experience the truth of nature and the world for themselves.

  • ThinksIThink SEATTLE, WA
    July 31, 2014 8:49 p.m.

    @Iron Guy,

    I agree completely. If a kid is exposed to science and allowed to conduct her own daily inquiry into the world, she will be equipped to skeptically address unsubstantiated truth claims.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 29, 2014 9:04 a.m.

    Any student who pays attention in school learns skepticism. It's the natural consequence of a solid understanding of history, literature, and science.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    July 29, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    Skepticism doesn't mean rejecting things out of hand, it means to critically consider them. When presented with the information that we have prophets on the earth today, for instance, a skeptic doesn't simply dismiss it out of hand-such is no skeptic, but a cynic and a fool. A skeptic seeks to know whether or not such a claim is really true, and it may well be.

    When told that "it's all a crock" and that one best achieves happiness by indulging in their every immediate carnal whim without restraint, it would be a skeptic's duty to carefully analyze such a claim, looking at the results and the lives of those who embody it.

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    July 29, 2014 7:16 a.m.

    Be careful about kids learning skepticism. It might lead to a reduction in the faith accorded one's religious leaders.

    Of course, this may not be such a bad thing. History is replete with so-called ministers, apostles, priests or gurus who peddle their own superiority along with a healthy dose of greed and criminality.

    True faith comes from your heart, not from the pulpit. Of course, that generally flies in the face of orthodoxy from any faith tradition and generally comes from good, healthy does of skepticism.