Consider how children learn to model behaviors. Albert Bandura’s Social Learning Theory suggests that people learn from one another by observation, by imitation, and in this very frightening case, by modeling. Bandura’s Social Learning Theory has been called a bridge between behaviorist, an approach to understanding human and animal behavior, and cognitive learning theories because it incorporates attention, memory, and motivation.
In a generation driven by Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and 24-hour news channels, it’s impossible to avoid the acerbic and bombastic ranting, and sophomoric behavior by our candidates, so it will require active parenting and some real attention and participation in this specific process.
How can we use Bandura’s theory to manage this process, and make sure our kids are held to higher standard? Let’s consider the necessary conditions for effective modeling: