The topic of the April 13th discussion is: "What does our worldview and core values lead us to think about how we should parent our children?" We are using as the basis for deriving Humanistic policy the worldview and core values developed over the past two years by the Humanist Philosophy forum. Documentation of this can be found on the HGP web site under "Activities" (main menu bar) --> click on "Activities". Then click on the "click here" link for more information about "Applying Humanism". This takes you to the Applying Humanism page. You can find here all of the background information for this meetup.
You can prepare for the discussion and participate by accessing and making your comments in a spreadsheet that is posted on the Applying Humanism page of the HGP website (under Activities). Click here for a direct link to the spreadsheet. You can also find it on the Applying Humanism page under "Preview and Prep for Next Topic" Here are some directions for using it...
There are five tabs at the bottom of the sheet. When you open the spreadsheet, you will be on tab at the far left, which introduces the topic and, in the footnote, gives a brief summary of the worldview and core values that we are using as the basis for deriving Humanistic positions.
The next two tabs explore aspects of the core values "Intellectual honesty" and "Empathy" as they relate to discussing the topic. There are some ideas already there, but they are not intended to fully cover the questions posed. It is hoped that you will help us out by adding your own ideas. This helps set the proper tone for the discussion. Follow the instructions in red at the top of the spreadsheet to add your comments.
After you've made your inputs on the 2nd and 3rd sheets, click on the 4th tab from the left. The yellow-shaded portion goes through a preliminary analysis of various aspects of human well-being that must be considered when talking about parenting. Again, it is not meant to be complete. Please add your own ideas, using the red instructions at the top of the page.
Our discussion on the 13th will also utilize the fifth tab to document what we feel are the essentials of parenting and their basis in evidence of what is necessary to successfully raise a child.
There will probably be less disagreement on this issue that others in recent history, however it should be an interesting and valuable discussion. It is especially important to have experienced parents there, however we can all contribute using our own experience growing up. I hope to see you there!