Joseph J. Horton

Joseph J. Horton

Dr. Joseph J. Horton is professor of psychology at Grove City College and the Working Group Coordinator for Marriage and Family with The Center for Vision & Values. He is also a researcher on Positive Youth Development.

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Correcting history: How Vietnam Vets were embraced

July 3, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness, The Path to Freedom

Why is it that the American people rejected our troops who served in Vietnam? We know all about the protests not only against the war, but against those who served. Why were there no demonstrations of support? Why was there … More>

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The politics of envy

February 19, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Law, The Path to Freedom

I was excited when I learned that the parents of a student I knew produced a product my family used and enjoyed. His response to me was “Yea, they’re getting rich off you.” He was quite confused when I replied … More>

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Better marriage through marketing not coercion

January 31, 2014 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind, The Content of Character

Everyone is happy when they are engaged, even those who will eventually divorce. The feelings people have going into marriage do not predict the future of the relationship. Therefore I recommend that everyone get good premarital education. Here at Grove … More>

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We need to stop eating the marshmallows

August 23, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Battle for the Mind

In a classic psychological study, hungry four-year-olds were offered a marshmallow. They were told that if they could wait about 20 minutes before eating, they could have two marshmallows instead of one.

Only about one-third of the children successfully delayed … More>

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Competition is Rapidly Changing College

June 21, 2013 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Is the traditional college doomed? More and more people think so. Massively open online courses (MOOCs) are threatening to shake up higher education by bringing primarily non-credit courses from college professors to the world at no cost. The California state … More>

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Free To Be Healthy

January 11, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

So how is that New Year’s resolution diet going? Will the long-term results be better than the last diet? For the majority of us, even successful diets are unsuccessful. We may lose weight, but it comes back. Most people can … More>

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Same-Sex Parenting: Can We Honestly Pursue Truth?

October 3, 2012 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Persuaders

When discussing the possible effects on children of being raised by same-sex parents, I have told my students that the best evidence we have is that there are no negative effects. I also tell them that the best evidence we … More>

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Growth, Not Gifts! A Solution to Student Loans

August 24, 2012 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

President Obama has been arguing for a number of plans to reduce the burden of student loans such as artificially low interest rates and allowing for some loans to be discharged through bankruptcy. Many young adults are struggling with student More>

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Debt Control or Bondage?

October 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind, The Path to Freedom

The student-loan checks for the fall semester have now been cashed. Round one of the Federal debt-limit debate is over, but round two may soon begin. Should we be experiencing feelings of control or bondage?

It is proverbial that acquiring … More>

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A Free Speech Challenge for Parents

July 22, 2011 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Law

Should a 13-year-old be able to purchase a school-shooting simulator without parents’ knowledge or consent?

The Supreme Court says that freedom of speech requires that 13-year-olds have that opportunity. In a 7-2 decision, the court struck down a California law … More>

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Persist for Airport Freedom

June 3, 2011 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

A “Woman Screams for Help After TSA Molestation,” and the “Texas Pat Down Ban May Be Back.” Those are just two of the headlines breaking around the nation this morning, as summer travel picks up—and so do concerns over excessive … More>

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“Jeopardy!” Champions: Humans Are Still the Masters

February 18, 2011 | by | Topic: The DNA of Greatness

I have been using computers since 1982 and still recall a simple artificial intelligence program that ran on my Commodore 64. I was mindful of that this week as I watched IBM’s computer—named “Watson”—compete on “Jeopardy!” against two human “Jeopardy!” … More>

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Back to School, Back to the Books: The Value Behind Textbooks

August 30, 2010 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

The high price of college textbooks is getting a lot of press. Legislators are considering bills to bring down costs, such as requiring professors to use the least expensive “educationally sound” option. As I have read articles about the burden … More>

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An Attack on Religion and Counseling

August 25, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Does the state have the right to prevent people from training for particular careers because the state disagrees with their religious beliefs? U.S. District Judge George Steeh has made just such a ruling. Eastern Michigan University expelled Julea Ward from … More>

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An Outsider’s View of Christianity: A Review of “The Unlikely Disciple”

August 13, 2010 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

“The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University” By Kevin Roose | Grand Central Publishing [Paperback] (June 3, 2010) | 336 pp. | List Price: $13.99

An emergency prayer meeting has been called. The guys on the hall … More>

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The Thin Culture: Hoping for Good News from Cathy

July 8, 2010 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

My favorite section of the paper is still the comics. Lately I have been reading what seems to have become an annual theme in the “Cathy” comic strip. Not only can Cathy not find a suitable bathing suit, she is … More>

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First, Do No Harm

June 1, 2010 | by | Topic: The Persuaders

As a psychology professor I teach students who plan to be practitioners of social science. They have been moved with compassion by the problems so many people face, such as being in a painful marriage or having a child with … More>

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Sleepy, “Lazy” Teenagers?

August 24, 2009 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

We are now well into summer vacation, and it is time for a quiz. How many hours per night does your teen sleep during vacation? How many hours of sleep does your teen get on school nights during the school … More>

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Credit Cards and Predictable Unintended Consequences

August 24, 2009 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom

Imagine being a contractor and regularly using your credit card to purchase building materials for your job. Without warning you receive a notice that effective immediately your credit limit has been cut in half. You face potential embarrassment with your … More>

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V&V PAPER — Social Organizations as a Path to Self-control: Does Religious Participation Promote Character Development?

December 23, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, White Papers

Editor’s Note: “Does religious participation have benefits for character development? For most of American history this question would have seemed foolish. Most Americans would have responded that religious participation was essential for character development. Today, however, the value of religion More>

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Taking Away the Perceived Need for Abortion

November 12, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Recently,  the executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, Dr. Paul Kengor, explained that an Obama administration will likely eliminate the legislative and legal tools that the pro-life community has been trying to use to reduce or eliminate … More>

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Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

November 2, 2008 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

The New Year is here. It is time for the annual ritual of resolving to improve ourselves. The joke of course is that New Year’s resolutions rarely last beyond January. At our local YMCA one can observe the increase in … More>

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Who is Missing? What Have We Lost?

December 18, 2007 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

A mother who has been taking medication finds that she is pregnant. She is told by her physician that the fetus has surely been irreversibly damaged. Her physician encourages her to have an abortion. Fortunately for college football fans, Pam … More>

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V&V PAPER — Honestly Considering Abstinence Education

April 26, 2007 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, White Papers

Editor’s Note: Reflecting the breadth and depth of top-notch scholarship being pursued by the faculty of Grove City College, the Center for Vision & Values is pleased to release the third in a series of exclusive monthly white papers being More>

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Stem Cell Politics: Advantage, Republicans

July 27, 2006 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

As I watched the latest debate over stem cells in Washington, I was struck by the Democrats’ confidence that this could be a winning issue for them in the fall elections. Yes, in recent years public support for stem cell … More>

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Big New Weapon in the War on Poverty

April 1, 2004 | by | Topic: The Content of Character

Will $1.5 billion to promote marriage education help in the war on poverty? The House has passed a welfare reauthorization bill that included President Bush’s request to spend $1.5 billion over five years to promote marriage education among the poor.… More>

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The Morality of Math

October 28, 2003 | by | Topic: The Battle for the Mind

Math tutoring for elementary school students is at the center of Pennsylvania’s continuing budget fights. The governor wants to raise taxes for new school programs, including math tutoring. The Republicans, particularly those in the Senate, are not interested in raising … More>

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Video Amendment Could Increase Truth

September 29, 2003 | by | Topic: The American Story

In November, Pennsylvanians will have a chance to amend the state constitution to alter the nature of testimony in Pennsylvania’s courts, according to the Sept. 26 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. If the amendment is approved, it would allow people to testify in … More>

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