A Trusted Friend in a Complicated World

Robert Coles, MD

Robert Coles, MD, is an American author, child psychiatrist, and professor emeritus at Harvard University. He is an energetic proponent of voluntary and community service — the subject of his book A Call to Service—and writes for several publications, including the New Republic, New Oxford Review, and American Poetry Review, among others. He is perhaps best known for his books on the inner life of children: Children of Crisis (1967-78), The Moral Life of Children (1986), The Political Life of Children (1986), The Spiritual Life of Children (1990), and The Moral Intelligence of Children: How to Raise a Moral Child (1996), The Secular Mind (2001), and Children of Crisis (2003).
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We Need to Bring Back the Pledge of Allegiance in Our Classrooms

Singing the national anthem or saluting the flag are not “reflexive patriotism.” Children need goals to pursue, values to have and to uphold, to prepare them for what they will inherit: the sovereign privilege and responsibility to vote and participate in a larger community.