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Humanism, What's That?: A Book for Curious Kids Paperback – June 1, 2005
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"This small volume holds out the hope and openness of Humanism in a form that can help young people confront Fundamentalist approaches to religion with confidence. And confront them they do, just as described in Mrs. Green's classroom and in schoolyards across this nation. Humanism, What's That? embodies the values which are central to my faith and is a wonderful addition to our ministry of liberal religious education."
Rev. William G. Sinkford
President, Unitarian Universalist Association
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If you want to teach your kids HOW to think instead of WHAT to think, this book is a must.
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.
"The class took permission slips home and six children (out of thirty-two) were allowed to take Mrs. Green's after-school class on Humanism. When the discussion group met, here is my best recollection of what happened" (p. 13) The rest of the book is the dialogue from their discussions.
When twenty-six out of thirty-two pupils are refused permission by their parents to attend a discussion of what Humanism is all about, it is self-evident that trying to overcome religious bigotry by reasonable discussion has little chance of making a difference. Bennett presumably wrote her book in the hope of doing just that. She should not hold her breath.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a great tool if you are good at editing as you read. Its kind of bizarre as written. My children think the questions asked by the children and the manner in which they... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Suzanne
Overall, I thought the book was a interesting and a good conversation starter. I was not always thrilled with how the main character explained everything but it was OK. Read morePublished 19 months ago by S. Bates
I hate it when Amazon blurbs are inaccurate. "... the church-state separation laws won’t allow school prayer..." This is wrong. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Shawn P Klaus
fantastic way to introduce children to free thinking. Every brain washers night mare. this is a must buy for your child.Published on March 31, 2014 by Fiddler's Green INC
This is a great book for kids who are ready to actually start asking about humanism and the big metaphysical questions. Read morePublished on June 17, 2011 by Zach Hudson
I just can't see a group of kids wanting to listen to this, nor can I see one picking it up to read. Nice idea, poor format. Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by A. MacCabe
I consider myself a Humanist and I was looking for good ways to discuss my beliefs with my children, but I found this book to be poorly written, fairly inarticulate, and includes... Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by E. Parr
This book is obviously didactic, but it should be of some use to liberal-minded parents who want to encourage their kids to think about these issues. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by AnnainCA@aol.com