I would like to get some input from families on the new curriculum arc we will be beginning next week after completing our current unit "A Users Guide to the Brain". One of the dimensions of social-emotional development is developing ethical and political views, and being able to appropriately share them with peers to either build connections or have a respectful disagreement. I consistently hear from parents is that their children tend to develop dogmatic or inflexible ethical or political opinions and have a hard time knowing how and when to appropriately express these views.
We will be doing a multiple week unit on developing and discussing ethical views, covering topics like seeking out and consuming information, critical thinking, recognizing personal biases, perspective taking and respectful debate. We will NOT be advocating WHAT the kids should think or influencing their opinions, just working to expose the forces at work behind the scenes in forming these opinions. In that way this is building on our neuroscience unit.
I would love to hear from you about your experiences, concerns, and goals regarding your child's development of ethics and political beliefs.