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FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE


"Starting next year, high school and college students in Thailand will reportedly be graded not just on academics, but on ’goodness’ as well. Concerned that the competitive education system puts too much emphasis on materialism and not enough on morality, officials told the Associated Press that they have a plan to record students’ community service and emotional ’quotients.’



Critics in Thailand say goodness is too abstract to assess fairly. For the same reason, this kind of proposal wouldn’t get very far here.


That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of folks in the US who believe young people are searching for some goodness guideposts.


One of them is Peter Gomes, a longtime professor and minister at Harvard University...



Through his courses on subjects such as the Bible, and also through the way he lives, Gomes challenges students to question messages that would confine ’the good life’ to the frame of a 30-second commercial."



SOURCE: Excerpts form "For goodness’ sake" by Stacy A. Teicher. Christian Science Monitor, "Chalk Talk" Column, from the November 19, 2002 edition.

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