Maintaining the Connection between Moral and Performance Character

by David B. Wangaard, Ed.D., The School for Ethical Education has many resources that provide a clear definition of character education and effective practices. It is not unusual, however, to find varying interpretations by educators. Specifically, the distinction between moral and performance character has created a division within the field of character education. Some educators … Continue reading “Maintaining the Connection between Moral and Performance Character”

Performance Character and How to Foster It

“It takes real character to keep working as hard or even harder once you’re there. When you read about an athlete or team that wins over and over and over, remind yourself, ‘More than ability, they have character.’ ” ― John Wooden, quoted in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck What is performance … Continue reading “Performance Character and How to Foster It”

Teaching Animal Appreciation: A Pathway to Character

by Zoe Weil President, Institute for Humane Education What should character education teach students about kindness to animals? At first, the answer to this question might seem obvious: people of good character treat nonhuman animals with respect and consideration; therefore, we should educate students to be compassionate and responsible citizens in relation to other species. Role models for good character, … Continue reading “Teaching Animal Appreciation: A Pathway to Character”

Push for ‘school prayer’ is really about power, not prayer

By Charles C. Haynes

The Kindness of Strangers: Help a Kid Gear Up for School

By Connie Matthiessen, Associate Editor of Great Schools (re-posted with permission) Back to school may be the second biggest shopping season of the year, but my family usually doesn’t join the stampede. My kids aren’t big shoppers, and neither am I; besides, times are tight. Someone will inevitably need a new pair of shoes or … Continue reading “The Kindness of Strangers: Help a Kid Gear Up for School”

Empathy: To lead is to listen and to learn

Thank goodness my wife opened my eyes to the importance of empathy before I became a father and a school leader. To be honest, for the first half of my life, I was so driven to achieve the task at hand that I struggled to understand why some people just couldn’t show up, get to work and do what they had to … Continue reading “Empathy: To lead is to listen and to learn”

The 8 C’s of Character

  By Ed DeRoche There are only two C’s in “character,” but one can find many words that begin with C in describing good, positive character traits and behaviors. I’ve compiled a few C words that show the attributes of character. 1. Caring: Two important synonyms are “compassion” and “empathy.” Robert Krzaric wrote in The Greater … Continue reading “The 8 C’s of Character”

Lessons in Character and Integrity from Les Miserables

It seems like everyone just can’t get enough of Les Miserables.  It’s the world’s longest running musical, now seen by 60M people in 42 countries.  Along the way, it’s received 96 major international awards.  The most recent movie version is a box office smash, earning eight Academy Awards nominations.

What’s the Worst Part of the Lance Armstrong Cheating Scandal?

I was a big cycling fan before the sport got popular in our country.  And, back in the day, I was a pretty serious cyclist myself–I spoke the lingo, wore the gaudy jerseys, shaved the legs, rode custom racing bikes with “Campy Record” components and I had the muscled-up quads one only gets from logging … Continue reading “What’s the Worst Part of the Lance Armstrong Cheating Scandal?”

‘Our journey is not complete’, either

Model Good Character with Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

Unless your pantry closely resembles the Back to School department at your local Walmart, buying new school supplies each year is something every parent can count on. Not only does it cost money, but supplying students with paper and other school-related items can put a damper on the environment and the world’s resources.

Another Sports Hero Turned Fraud? ‘Say It Ain’t So’

To Err is Human, To Forgive… well, that’s Character.

Character Beyond the Classroom: Cesar Chavez and Fred Korematsu

Family members of two iconic American civil rights leaders joined the CEP2012 attendees Friday to address the connection between character and taking important public action. Anthony Chavez, the grandson of Cesar Chavez, and Karen Korematsu, the daughter of Fred Korematsu, shared personal stories, inspiring visions, and core values from their experiences with these two leaders.

President’s Post: Another Sports Hero Turned Fraud? “Say It Ain’t So”

When Is It Okay to Reward Children for Doing the Right Thing?

CEP asked the experts when it would be appropriate to reward children in our latest National Schools of Character publication. Here’s what David Hulac, Marvin Berkowitz, and Russ Sojourner had to say:

Preventing Academic Dishonesty Part 3: Students & Peer Pressure

As you sit in your crowded lecture hall and toil away at that seemingly impossible math problem, you glance down and see a peer in the next row surreptitiously looking at formulas he has scrawled on his hand. This scene sounds quite plausible to many students. Whether they’ve engaged in the behavior themselves or simply … Continue reading “Preventing Academic Dishonesty Part 3: Students & Peer Pressure”

Staying in the Question

Character Education with Chess

The following is an excerpt of the book “Character Education with Chess” The King is the most valuable piece in chess. Its value is absolute because if you lose your King, you lose the game. The other pieces have a relative value which changes depending on the position and situation and are expendable. The King, … Continue reading “Character Education with Chess”

Bully Prevention: Helping Kids Cool Hot Tempers

“I tried to stay calm, but it was too late!” “I wish I could tell when I’m about to explode.” “Don’t keep telling me I’m going to lose all my friends because of my temper. I can’t help it.” Your child may be more excitable or passionate by nature, but sometimes this emotional temperament can … Continue reading “Bully Prevention: Helping Kids Cool Hot Tempers”


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