A Talk on Raising Humanist Children

Last Sunday, Katherine Ozment, a Boston-based freelance writer, spoke to the Humanist Community at Harvard about how to raise Humanist children:

I haven’t had a chance to watch this yet, so if any parts really stand out to you, please leave the timestamp and summary in the comments!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerald.dejong Gerald De Jong

    Isn’t it frowned upon to call children Muslim or Christian or Jewish? How is it then ok to raise Humanist children?

    • http://twitter.com/FlyingFree333 Flying Free

      Everyone is born humanist, we are human, we judge based on human values, we are affected by human behaviours. It takes religious or ideological indoctrination to make someone into something else.

      • meekinheritance

        That makes us human, not Humanist.

    • LouisDoench

      If you want to “raise: your children Muslim or Christian or Jewish or Humanist, that’s different than “designating” your children with a label. Especially minor children who have no say in the matter.

    • Gib

      Yes, you shouldn’t call the newborn a humanist. They’re not. But, this is how to turn the blank canvas into a humanist as they grow up, so that at some point they can share the ideals of humanism, and even start to call themselves humanist.

  • baal

    I’m just starting the vid but um, “FIREPLACE INOPERATIVE”.


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