Innoculating kids against peer pressure

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Another thing that comes up today, probably always was true, but comes up today maybe more than ever is peer pressure. Two of the most damaging kinds of peer pressure today are pressure to cheat which, as you know, is rampant all the way from grade school to college to graduate school and to adults in professions, it's a cancer in our culture. Second kind of peer pressure that's pretty damaging is to try or take drugs. So how do you inoculate your child against this? Well, you have to teach your child moral values, and one of which is independence. So to not assume because other kids say something is okay, therefore it's okay to think for themselves about whether it's okay. For example, let's take cheating in school. Now if you cheat in school, it means you got your diploma by fraud because it wouldn't have been given to you voluntarily if they had known you've cheated, at least you hope it wouldn't. So you're cheating on your diploma, are you going to later cheat in high school and cheat on that diploma, cheat on your college degree? Then you into accounting and cheat on the accounts and end up in jail? So moral values have to be taught early, and kids have to be taught that they're firm not to be giving up in the face of the pressure from others. And the child, hopefully, will tell you when they're subject to pressure so that you can help them withstand it. Drugs, of course, depends in part on what school they're at. Again, if you have good communication with your child, they can tell you what's going on and you can explain to them why, drugs of the kind going around, destroy your mind. That's what they do, they destroy your mind, and without your mind functioning properly, you can't function; you can't function and advance civilization. So have a good communication with your child so you'll know what they're up against and take an active role in setting up their moral principles. Don't give it up to others, as so many of the parents do. Don't give it up to the teachers and don't give it up to the kids in school.

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Edwin A. Locke, PhD

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Edwin A. Locke, PhD, is Dean's Professor (Emeritus) of Leadership and Motivation at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his BA from Harvard in 1960 and his PhD in Industrial Psychology from Cornell University in 1964.He has published over 300 chapters, notes and articles in professional journals, on such subjects as work motivation, job satisfaction, incentives, and the philosophy of science. He is also the author or editor of 12 books, including The Selfish Path to Romance: How to Love with Passion and Reason, Study Methods and Study Motivation, Goal Setting: A Motivational Technique That Works, A Theory of Goal Setting and Task Performance, Handbook of Principles of Organizational Behavior, The Prime Movers: Traits of the Great Wealth Creators  and Postmodernism and Management: Pros, Cons and the Alternative. He is internationally known for his research on goal setting. A recent survey found that Locke's goal setting theory (developed with G. Latham) was ranked #1 in importance among 73 management theories. His work has been supported by numerous research grants, and he has served as consultant to research firms and private businesses.Dr. Locke has been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Management, and has been a consulting editor for leading journals. He was a winner of the Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award at the University of Maryland, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Career Contribution Award from the Academy of Management (Human Resource Division), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Management (Organizational Behavior Division), and the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science. He has been a writer and lecturer for the Ayn Rand Institute and is interested in the application of the philosophy of Objectivism to behavioral sciences.

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