A GO-TO RESOURCE FOR TEACHING HEALTHY PERSONAL VALUES
Presenting a structured series of riveting animal stories to instill sound moral values.
'MORAL SHORT STORIES' SERIES
SHORT STORIES USED FOR TEACHING SOLID CORE VALUES
WHAT WE KNOW
Educationalists and psychologists generally accept that ‘core values’ (good or bad) held by a person inevitably become personality traits or qualities of character.
Personal beliefs greatly influence one's fundamental driving force in life. Therefore the crux of the issue becomes: How to brace young people against peer pressure leading to bad behavior?
Moral Short Stories was launched to provide a collation of healthy reading for young people. The “Moral Short Stories” series is therefor a valuable resource for reinforcing selected core values by way of a captivating story from nature and then building core values using elements from the story.
Ethics and systematic reasoning can be taught in schools, but morals are highly personal and will typically be learned from role models in life. Students will use their parents, peers, teachers and heroes as role models.
Peer pressure is probably one of the most dominant influences in young people’s lives. The scary thing is that young people will go to almost any length, at any cost, to conform to the perceived norm of the peer group, sometimes with devastating consequences.
So, can your child step up and be an opinion-former?
If ever there was a time our youth needed strong characters forged by sound core values and good ethics, it is now.
Adversarial multimedia gaming, TV Reality Shows and a preoccupation with Blockbuster Films and its inevitable Celebrity culture is having a devastating impact on our younger generation’s moral fiber. The incredibly powerful social media can often be more of a moral cesspit than an uplifting medium.
Parents, teachers and leaders should be alarmed that sensationalism, moral bankruptcy and self-serving violence have now become the character-forming staple diet of so many of our young people.
Surely, there must be disaster looming when such distorted personal beliefs or values become the uncontested norm for a person’s social and emotional interaction.
Throughout history, parents and educationalists have recognized that instilling or strengthening good moral values in students leads to a more stable and productive life. Teaching core values should now be more urgent than ever – and it would appear that teachers and leaders are becoming ever more conscious of that need. There is consequently a growing need for fresh and relevant material to fill the gap to effectively teach core values.
A STRUCTURED APPROACH
In this series, a varied range of moral values are highlighted two to three per story by analyzing specific actions in each story.
The author found that the best method to stimulate interaction is by engaging the listener in a compelling and easily remembered short story. Each story is crafted so as to engage the reader and draw analogies and parallels that focus on a specific target value or good personal belief.
This particular approach was developed during the author’s experience as a leader when he had to transfer intrinsic values to various groups in industrial, commercial and religious settings. His apparent level of success prompted him to develop this method as a template for writing the “Moral Short Stories” Series.
This is what makes this series so relevant today.
But it will require discipline and persistence in following up with successive stories from this series.
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Author: Noble Hobbit
Noble Hobbit is a Pen Name, however, the author is real…
He was born on a farm in South Africa located in the Free State province.
His schooling years were the happiest time of his life and even though they lived very frugally it made no difference, farm life was great!
It was also during this period of life that he became very familiar with the animal and insect life in his surroundings, observing firsthand most of the interactions featured in the ‘Moral Short Stories’ series.
When he left school the author worked in the mining industry as a gold assayer then did mineral prospecting as a Diamond Driller, drilling for gold, coal, diamonds, copper, antimony and platinum. He joined a Research Laboratory to do specialized field research which took him into all types of terrain ranging from arid desert to wild bush and mountainous areas. It was during this time that he was able to observe many more interesting interactions in nature.
After marriage and with the arrival of children he decided to quit fieldwork and became an entrepreneur and business man, mostly in his own businesses, during which he held various positions of leadership. He was also very active in his church.
He immigrated to New Zealand at the turn of the century where he retired recently. He turned to writing, using material from the many observations he had made in nature as a basis for the stories in our ‘Moral Short Stories’ series.
IN THESE EBOOKS YOU'LL LEARN
SOLID CHARACTER-FORMING VALUES
EASY TO READ, RESPONSIVE FORMAT THAT DISPLAYS ON ANY SCREEN SIZE
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The Moral Short Stories Series offers compelling lessons in personal values.