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Inside Highlights February 2018

What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant®

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant®
What Kids Learn:
  • Eavesdropping on a personal conversation is impolite.
  • Taking anything without permission shows a lack of concern for others.
  • Don’t assume an unused item isn’t needed by its owner.

Pitting Goofus’s questionable ways against Gallant’s stellar gestures helps kids see the difference between good and not-so-good behavior. And that’s a giant step forward for kids who are just beginning to see how their behavior and personal choices impact their lives and the lives of others. Turn to page 10 of the February 2018 issue to see more on Goofus’s and Gallant’s choices or read the recaps here. Then use the prompts that follow to guide a very important conversation with your child on how to tell right from wrong.


Recap #1: Goofus eavesdrops on others’ private conversations. Gallant steps away to give someone privacy on a call.

What to say to your child: 

  1. The teacher and student engrossed in a conversation seem unaware that Goofus is trying to listen. Does that mean Goofus can do whatever he wants?
  2. Have you ever confided in a friend or teacher in private? Did you feel freer to talk knowing no one else was around?
  3. Have you ever overheard a private conversation? Was it intentionally or accidentally?
  4. How do you think the speakers would feel if they knew you heard what they had said?
Recap #2: Goofus takes some wood from his dad’s workshop without asking permission. Gallant asks for permission first.

What to say to your child:

  1. The wood in the family shed may have been set aside for an important project. How do you think Goofus’s dad felt when Goofus took wood without permission?
  2. Is it ever OK to borrow something without asking, especially if you know for sure you will give it back?
  3. What was the last thing you took from a friend or family member? Did you return the item? Did you ask for permission?
  4. Who should pay for repairs if the item you borrowed breaks?

Traveling with your family for Thanksgiving? Are you:

Parents Talk Back
Traveling with your family for Thanksgiving? Are you:
Driving by car
45% (27 votes)
Taking an airplane
5% (3 votes)
Boarding a bus or train
2% (1 vote)
Not traveling—hosting!
48% (29 votes)
Total votes: 60