What Kids Learn
- Personal responsibility
Ask any young reader what he turns to first in Highlights magazine and he’ll likely respond, “Goofus & Gallant.” And that makes sense because school-age kids love how this long-running feature never fails to point out differences in personal and people skills, in the clearest, fastest, and most nonjudgmental way possible.
Want to know more about Goofus and Gallant? Check out the latest feature on page 10 of the September 2017 issue, or read the recaps here. Then, use the conversation starters below to have a no-blame, all-gain discussion with your child.
Recap: Goofus bites into sandwich after sandwich, searching for one that appeals to him most. Gallant samples small portions of the food he is offered until he settles on one he likes.
1. Is there anything unusual, or even wasteful, about the way Goofus makes himself a sandwich? Tell me what it is.
2. What in this picture makes you think that Goofus wastes food?
3. What could Goofus do first to avoid throwing out a sandwich?
4. How is Gallant’s approach to food different from Goofus’s?
5. Would you rather have lunch with Goofus or Gallant? Why?
6. Do you think your family wastes food at home?
Recap 2: Goofus leaves a kitchen towel on the floor behind him. Gallant picks up pens after they fall on the floor.
1. Which boy acted in a more responsible manner? Explain your answer.
2. What could happen if someone slipped on the towel Goofus left behind?
3. Describe a time when you had to clean up someone else’s mess. Did it make you feel angry? Annoyed? Why?
4. Do you think someone else would feel the same way if they had to pick up after you?
5. What’s the best—and fairest—way to handle these situations?