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Addressing the age-old problem of how to teach good character to the child, this NYT article makes 3 main points:

  1. In situations where the child does the right thing, it is better to praise the child than the act itself.
  2. In situations where the child does the wrong thing, it is better to attribute guilt about a wrong action rather than shame about being a bad person.
  3. Children learn character through examples (by observing how adults act) rather than what they are told.

To what extent would you agree with this, and how far is this observed in an education system?

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