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Humanism, What's That?: A Book for Curious Kids [Paperback]

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Pages   77
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.22"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   Prometheus Books
Age  10
ISBN  1591023874  
EAN  9781591023876  

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Mrs. Green is teaching her daily science class one day when suddenly she receives terrible news: A popular student named Amanda has been struck by a car on her way to class and is now hospitalized with serious injuries. "Let's all pray for Amanda," says one earnest classmate. "Surely God will make her well if He hears our prayers."
Mrs. Green is confronted with the dilemma that every public school teacher must be ready to deal with. While the church-state separation laws won't allow school prayer, Mrs. Green wants to do something to help her students cope with a life-threatening situation that has raised deep questions.
Thus begins a conversation between teacher and students that forms the basis of this thoughtful work. Starting with the historic concept of separation of church and state, the curious youngsters' insistent questions lead to a consideration of philosophic issues: Why shouldn't they pray for Amanda in class? Why do some people believe in God while others don't? Is there life after death? What gives life meaning?
In the course of what becomes a parent-approved after-school discussion, Mrs. Green presents a humanistic point of view, making the following points. Humanists look at life as a natural process, so they don't believe in the supernatural. They rely on science to explain the meaning of life, not on religion, though they support each person's freedom to choose to believe or not to believe. Rather than speculating about what comes after death, humanists prefer to focus on life on earth. Humanists generally espouse the values of universal education, freedom of thought and free expression, open-minded pursuit of the truth, tolerance of others' differences, mutual respect, and preservation of the environment.
Complete with discussion questions, suggestions for activities, and a bibliography, this innovative approach to presenting humanism to young adults will be welcome by parents and teachers looking to expose their children or students to a secular philosophic perspective.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Helen Bennett, a former high school and university English teacher, children's librarian, and editor, is now a volunteer teacher of adults at the Unitarian Universalist Friendship Fellowship of Pineda, Florida. She holds master's degrees in English and library science.

Helen Bennett was born in 1937.

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Only for the non-believer, not a good 'gift' item  Nov 26, 2008
I was hoping to get a book to send to my nieces helping to explain why we do not celebrate their holidays, why we don't believe in faith.

Sadly, while the tone of this book is kid-friendly, the message seems to me to be more pro-humanism than to just an explanation of this ideology.

So, while I don't think I can give this book to my nieces without their parents thinking I'm trying to convert them to the "smart" and "thinking" way of being, it's a wonderful book for my kids.

Actually, if your child has been raised as a 'Humanist' this is kind of a nice lesson on what the "god-people" think. My kids only knew the basic principles of those with diety delusions, but this sure covers a lot of the finer belief tenets.

I gave this a 5 star rating for what it actually is, not for what I hoped it to be. It is well written, and easy to understand.
kids introduction to humanism  May 12, 2008
This book is excellent for explaining humanism and separation of church and state to kids 9-15.
An introduction to a mindset  May 4, 2008
Religion in classrooms is a touchy subject. Many have accused "secular humanists" of taking over education and public policy. But what is humanism (secular or otherwise) and what does it mean for a person's soul and beliefs? This book examines this question. The format is a Q&A between a teacher and 6 of her students-they ask her questions about Humanism, God, the Bible, Heaven, and sin, and she tries to answer them without casting aspersion on their own beliefs.

This is an excellent resource for teachers with atheists, agnostics, Unitarians, or other Humanist children in their classrooms. It would make an excellent conversation starter in discussions about atheism and agnosticism or for RE classes in the UU church. It's also a useful guide for students from about 4th grade up. Topics include abortion, September 11, evolution, and capital punishment, so the student's ability to understand or ask about these topics should be considered as they read this book.
Well written kids book on humanism  Nov 13, 2007
Not hostile to other beliefs and a very good example of what humanism is. My children enjoyed reading this.
Excellent  Jul 15, 2007
Terrific primer for this magnificent outlook on the world. If you hope the best for your child ... and if by 'best' you mean to make them a thinking contributing human INDIVIDUAL (not an automoton who simply mimics a design of your own making) I could not more highly recommend this fine book.

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