Where does The Golden Rule come from? The Golden Rule actually has its roots in many forms or religious practices, not just Christianity. Early Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism all have the "Do unto others" concept, but most cultures through the ages have employed a form of The Golden Rule as a concept and method use to solve problems.
So, where is The Golden Rule today? Do you see it in action on a daily basis?
Although I had the opportunity to learn The Golden Rule early in life from a caring parent, during my 37 year teaching career, I taught many students who were not familiar with the concept of The Golden Rule. My career began in 1974 and I retired in 2011 and during those 37 years, I was just one witness to the demise of the family unit. Two parents and supervision at home slowly changed to other forms of a less cohesive family unit. Because the price of living has become so high, both parents work, or in some cases, a single parent is working two jobs, and just don't have the time to teach their children the way my mother taught me. The job of teaching The Golden Rule has fallen on the classroom teacher, who is already overworked and" Common Cored" and tested to the point of exhaustion and burnout. How can teachers put this important lesson for all of society in front of their students?
I think that when teachable moments arise, teachers should seize those moments to teach The Golden Rule, even if they do not use that term for the expected behavior. The lesson can be reinforced in many daily classroom situations throughout the year. I suspect that if this lesson were spotlighted more often, bullying cases would also subside. Of course, the very BEST method of teaching the Golden Rule is for the teacher to model the behavior.
Teachers, please take those precious teachable moments and share the idea of The Golden Rule as a rule of society with your students. Let me know if you see a change in behavior. Looks like my mother really did know best.
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.
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