NVC Meeting: "Rearing Humanist Children" by Fred Edwords

Should humanist parents attempt to bring their children up humanist? If so, how can they ensure that humanist values like compassion and ethics have been internalized rather than just displayed when parents and teachers are watching? Are there useful family exercises that can help raise consciousness and broaden social awareness in children? And how do humanist parents help their children cope with the fact that humanism is a minority worldview in these United States? These and other questions will be answered by Fred Edwords, a father of two humanist daughters and former executive director of the American Humanist Association. Over his thirty-year career as a humanist leader he has lectured, debated, and taught on humanist philosophical and lifestyle issues. He has appeared on national and local television in the United States and Canada, has been interviewed on radio and for newspapers around the world, and has lectured in North America, Europe, and India. Edwords was also the first president of Camp Quest national and was on staff at the flagship Ohio camp for eleven years, serving as program director. Directions? The NVC Chapter has almost outgrown the Meeting Room in the Tyson's Library! Due to this, and the predicted popularity of our May speaker, we've decided to try out the auditorium in the Arlington Central Library. It is only 5 blocks from the Ballston Metro and if you're driving, parking passes are available at no charge.
Childcare Provided Camp Quest Chesapeake, a secular summer camp for the children of freethinking parents, will provide childcare during the May 16th WASH NVC meeting for children ages 4 and up. Parents are requested to sign up in advance, if possible, at this website. Parents may check their children in beginning at 1:30pm at the entrance to the auditorium where the WASH meeting will be held. Camp Quest Chesapeake staff will lead activities in the park outside the library, so children should be appropriately dressed to spend ~2 hours outdoors. If you have any questions about Camp Quest Chesapeake, please contact Sarah Menon at <[masked]> or[masked]-2267. More information about Camp Quest Chesapeake is available on our website at

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  • Don W.

    Fred Edwords can handle almost any topic with grace, charm and intelligence.

    May 16, 2010

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