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Moral propaganda


With fables, we tell lies to children to teach them to tell the truth. Does it work?

With fables, we tell lies to children to teach them to tell the truth. Does it work? Storytelling, whether it is a time-honoured and colourful bedtime tale for children or a classroom narrative, is a way of communicating that crosses cultures and borders, captivating the imagination of the listener.

But it can also be a powerful tool to get across a message to shape juvenile thinking and behaviour. Classic moral stories or fables have long been a popular way to teach young children about right and wrong, about the consequences of lying and the merits of honesty as part of a socialisation process.

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