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Experiment Reveals That British Children May Be More Moral Than American Children — 5 Comments

  1. Did all of the children come from the same backgrounds? I bet not. I don’t think the study is well founded because too few children were used. Many of the children I know were taught morals by their parents and not by the school system. Maybe that’s thedifference?

  2. I find the differences between the British and Americans — especially in regards to treatment of animals — particularly interesting. On my first trip to London a couple of years ago, I was waiting at an Underground station along with dozens of other passengers when I noticed a pigeon walking extremely close to the edge of the platform. I could barely watch, as I was almost certain one of the passengers would kick the pigeon onto the tracks as a train when by. Nobody did, and I was both surprised and impressed. I still wonder, is that typical British behavior, or did the pigeon simply have a lucky day?

    I’m from the Rocky Mountain West, where many — certainly not all — people take a certain pleasure in killing or injuring wildlife and even domesticated animals. For example, the owner of one of the companies I worked for would shoot and kill pigeons from his second floor window because he disliked the mess their droppings made. Most people simply laughed his actions off. On my daily drive to work, I pass several prairie dog colonies alongside the road. The prairie dogs frequently perch on the shoulder of the road. Nearly every day, I see someone purposely swerve onto the shoulder to drive over them. These kind of actions seem to be tolerated in America, but how would they be tolerated in the UK?

    • Wow, Rena. How mild mannered you are.
      Both of the abuses that you describe would, automatically, put me into a violent mode.
      I know, full well, that I would be disarming the pigeon shooter and tossing the weapon 2 stories.
      And, purposely running over prairie dogs…
      I would chase them down and hope that I had a bat in my car, minimally, a tire iron handy. I have no fear of being jailed for the life of any animal.

  3. Not really sure about this.

    But, from an American’s point of view, I can say that there has, definitely, been a decline in the behavior and morality of the younger generation.

    I lay the blame on society, because parents and teachers have been stripped of all authority. Children are allowed to be unruly, disrespectful, and even violent toward parents, teachers, and animals without fear of punishment. Adults are jailed if they even discipline in the mildest form.

    I can tell you that, if I had disrespected a teacher or parent, I would have experienced a corporal punishment. And, god help me if I had ever abused an animal, I would have experienced severe, severe pain. My parents would have blown a gasket!

    Sandra, I’m so sorry that your father did what he did. I know that, in my grandparents time, it was common to drown newborn kittens. I even witnessed the slaughter of farm animals. It helped mold my life.

    And, I’m grateful that my parents were animal lovers even after being raised on farms.

  4. I wonder if American children may be less moral than nearly any other culture due to the influences of parents, media, and peers.

    American children may see the lack of moral example in their parents. And, parents may not stress the importance of morals as much in affluent families, where “the end may justify the means”.

    There are so many factors, including how children are disciplined for dishonesty. When my children were growing up, I told them that if they were truthful, no matter what they did, there would be no disciplinary action. This motivated them to tell the truth.

    My other device was to tell them that I could see when they were lying, by their eyes. Now that I know a bit about micro-expressions, that was partially true.

    How this relates to treatment of animals and the environment can also be affected by the example set by caregivers. Although, cruelty doesn’t always get transferred to children. My father was very cruel to animals. When I was 5, I saw him throw newborn kittens across the street to their death. He told me they were mice, but I knew better. My heart ached at the truth, knowing there was nothing I could have done.

    One of my sons always brought home stray dogs, and cried if a tree branch was broken by an angry child. I could always depend on him to tell the truth. He doesn’t have any animals because his wife doesn’t want them, and may never have had them as a child.

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