“If the Ten Commandments had been posted at Columbine High School,” said Bob Barr at the time, “the massacre would never have happened.” In fact, a great deal is known about how moral development works, and recent research indicates that raising children with an authoritarian, “commandment-based” morality actually impedes their moral development. Author Dale McGowan will speak about the ways in which nonreligious parents are leaving traditional religious moral education behind in favor of developing active moral reasoning as a lifelong skill.
Dale McGowan is editor and co-author of Parenting Beyond Belief – On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion, which Newsweek called “a compelling read,” and Raising Freethinkers, due for release in February. He teaches nonreligious parenting seminars nationwide and was Harvard Humanist of the Year for 2008. Dale lives in Atlanta with his wife Becca and their three children.