BoingBoing has a liveblog of Phil Zimbardo’s speech at TED (Technology, Education, Design) today. The hero stuff came at the end as usual. This is how Mark Frauenfelder saw it.
“What can be done about this? Zimbardo offers heroism as the “antidote to evil.” Teach kids to be ready to act heroically when the see evil. We need to give them real role models. Comic book superheroes are bad models, because they have super powers. A hero is the soldier who reported the Abu Ghraib abuses. People wanted to kill him. They threatened to kill his wife and mother, too. He had to go in hiding. Teach kids hero courses, teach them hero skills, make them heroes-in-waiting.”