Moral Development in Children

Thursday, March 10
7:30 – 8:30 PM

How do we begin to have a conversation with children today about fairness, responsibility, and community?  

This session will explore the Talmud Torah of St. Paul’s student-led conflict resolution committee, Vaad Din, that ran from 1992 to 20002. Both the cases brought to the committee and the decisions that were made came from students. Over the years, this student-led committee heard over 70 cases, dealing with a wide range of conflicts that arose in the course of daily school life. The fact that the Vaad was directed by young people, invited other children to continue the conversation about the conflicts and decisions.

Using the Vaad Din as an example, we will explore starting points for conversations with children today about fairness, responsibility, and community.

Educators and parents with students of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Best suited for elementary-aged children, grades K-5.

Zoom information provided upon registration

About Earl Schwartz:

Earl Schwartz has taught in various capacities at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul. Earl is a retired member of the Hamline University religion faculty and former director of Hamline’s Social Justice Studies program. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on moral development and education, including Moral Development: A Practical Guide for Jewish Teachers and When Life Is in the Balance, with Rabbi Barry Cytron.