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Fixing the Schools Is Not Enough

December 19, 1989

Plans to reform our schools tend to overlook the fact that about half of our youngsters grow up in families that are not viable from an educational viewpoint. Frequent divorces, a bewildering rotation of boyfriends and parents who come home from work exhausted both physically and mentally, have left many homes with a tremendous parenting deficit. Instead of providing a stable home environment and the kind of close, loving supervision good character formation requires, many child care facilities, grannies, and baby sitters simply insure that children will stay out of harm’s way.

Today We Elect a President-Monarch

November 08, 1989

Many of my colleagues on campus and in the media scoff at the American people. Even those who are neither liberal nor Democratic sneer at Americans’ excessive preoccupation with appearances rather than substance, with symbols rather than issues. Actually, the people have spoken clearly in favor of a constitutional reform: They want a system like Britain’s.

A Lifelong Democrat Packs His Bags

October 08, 1989

After a lifelong affiliation with the Democratic Party and its ideals, I am packing. And I am not alone.

Money, Power and Fame

September 18, 1989

I thought I was overprepared to teach ethics to a bunch of MBA'S. So what if these were the best and brightest of future corporate America? To me, Harvard Business School students seemed just as bright eyed, eager, and open to new ideas as any I had had in 30 years of teaching at Columbia, Berkeley and George Washington. Having just completed a book on ethics, "The Moral Dimension," I was loaded with teaching material; and a lengthy series of faculty meetings on teaching ethics had me convinced: sure, it could be done.

A Matter of Goals: High Growth – Or Deficit Reduction?

September 02, 1989

“A Matter of Goals: High Growth – Or Deficit Reduction?,” Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, Vol. 4, No. 4 (New Series), Fall 1989, pp. 555-570.

Don’t look for a nanny among immigrant day mothers

August 19, 1989

One of the few remaining taboo subjects in our society is the use of cheap, often-illegal, labor as in-house “day mothers.” Respected social-policy journals readily explore child abuse, AIDS, and even incest, but not the quality of such hired hands and the consequences of using them for child care.

Humble Decision Making

July 07, 1989

Old-fashioned decision making doesn't meet the needs of a world with too much information and too little time. So-called rational decision making, once the ideal, requires comprehensive knowledge of every facet of a problem, which is clearly impossible today. One of the most recent decision-making models, incrementalism, despairs of knowledge and instead concentrates on the smallest possible units of change-without any sense of grand design.

Humble Decision-Making Theory

July 01, 1989

Behavioural economics provides unusually robust data that show that people have hard- wired, systematic cognitive biases that greatly limit their intellectual capabilities.

Are Business Schools Brainwashing Their MBAs?

June 06, 1989

Soon business recruiters will ask prospective MBAs not only about their grade average, but how they scored in their ethics education.

Toward Deontological Social Sciences

June 01, 1989

Is it alright to cast one Christian to the lions, if it will provide considerable pleasure to many Romans?' was a question posed to a seminar.

Welfare for the Rich

May 01, 1989

If you think that practically everybody factors getting people off the dole, breaking their dependence on the government and making them earn their own keep, think again.

School Reform: A Serious Challenge for Business

May 01, 1989

Two cheers for the business community's newest venture: rehabilitating public education. At last, important segments of the business community are taking on school reform as a matter of vital interest both to them and to the country, rather than treating schools as just another charity.

Economics Alone Won’t Solve Saving Dilemma

April 25, 1989

The current concern over Americans’ low rate of saving and the search for a cure sharply illustrates the need to inject sociological, psychological and, yes, ethical considerations into economics. The source of this concern is widely identified as our citizen’s inability to provide the capital necessary for US investment.

Evading the Issues: Progressives' Political Taboos

April 02, 1989

Addressing a Unitarian group in a ritzy suburb, I found liberals and moderate conservatives (or progressives) quite keen to discuss the plight of the homeless, the American poor, the starving in Africa, and the beleaguered Nicaraguans.

No Place for Troubled Teen-Agers

April 01, 1989

Sally, 16, used to spend entire weekends with an older man in bohemian Greenwich Village in New York City. For a while, she was sleeping with two guys.

When her more traditionally minded, single mother tried to put an end to these liaisons, Sally told her to buzz off, using a less printable term.Her outraged mother felt she could not “control” Sally and had her committed to a mental hospital with the help of a psychiatrist she knew. Because Sally tried to escape by breaking down a door, she was declared “violent” and heavily sedated. Now she drifts between docility and disorientation.