While there is no shortage of teaching resources about religious belief systems such as Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Judaism, there has been very little up until now and certainly little Canadian produced, in terms of teaching resources about humanism, atheism or agnosticism. Building a resource and learning center will go a long way towards addressing this need

Teaching kids Humanism isn't about teaching them "what" to think, but "how" to think.

Learning to think critically is a vital part of children’s development, helping them make sense of the world around them. ‘Children are not only capable of critical thinking from an early age, but they actually do it, too. Instead of giving them only the answers to remember, even if they are the right answers, we need to help them learn how to learn, to learn the skills and processes and techniques of learning, so that they can apply these skills to any given content, including humanism. The direction needs to be inductive rather than deductive, including the kinds of skills that transcend any given content, and last a lifetime. We need to use educational patterns more closely associated with democracy and involvement, not autocracy and following directions. Kids need to learn how to discover. The “how” of discovery, including creative thinking and problem solving, is, although seriously neglected in most schools, eminently learnable and teachable.

So we all need to understand and practice helping our kids with the processes of learning; helping them to come up with their own answers. If we teach the processes properly, the kids can be pretty much responsible for their own acquisition of the content. They will become humanists, using and developing their own skills, rather than being indoctrinated.

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