Time for Character Education

Third in a series by student teacher Rebecca Bauer. She graduated from a National School of Character and wants to make sure that as a teacher she includes character education, but she is finding it challenging. Even at an elementary school as great as the one that I was working at, I still felt the … Continue reading “Time for Character Education”

When Hate Speech Goes Unchallenged

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”                                                                    George Santayana When the Spanish philosopher and essayist penned those memorablewords in 1905, he was actually adapting an older quote from the British statesman Edmund Burke, who had observed in the 18th Century that “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat … Continue reading “When Hate Speech Goes Unchallenged”

The Content of Our Character

By Mark HyattPresident & CEO This Aug. 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech—or as we like to refer to it at CEP, his “Content of Character” speech. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, addressing more than 250,000 civil rights supporters … Continue reading “The Content of Our Character”

What’s the Character Lesson in the Rutgers Coaching Incident?

What does it take for leaders to make really tough decisions? I’ve been following with great interest what happened at Rutgers University after the video clip of their basketball coach received so much attention.  The whole thing is pretty sad on several different fronts.  However, it is also rich with “teachable moments,” for coaches and … Continue reading “What’s the Character Lesson in the Rutgers Coaching Incident?”

A Valentine’s Accolade To The Teachers In This World

Submitted by Richard R. Pieper, Sr. One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates  and write it … Continue reading “A Valentine’s Accolade To The Teachers In This World”

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?”

Everything You Need

The following comes from one of our National Forum on Character Education keynoters, Bertice Berry’s, blog. She is blogging daily in an attempt to teach her readers and herself the art of transformation. She writes:

Staying in the Question

From Classroom Rules to Class Promises—How Core Values Set the Foundation

My last year as a classroom teacher, I finally got it! Making a list of rules, even if they were written in a positive way, was not the way to start the year off right. At the kindergarten parent meeting, which was held the day before school started, I read the book Inch and Miles … Continue reading “From Classroom Rules to Class Promises—How Core Values Set the Foundation”

Empathy in Action

When my oldest son, Chad, was fourteen, he started a service learning project and was able to secure free medical and dental care for local children in our community who had no insurance. The lessons that Chad experienced as a teen stuck with him and now, at age 38, as a young pediatric plastic surgeon, … Continue reading “Empathy in Action”

Preventing Academic Dishonesty Part 2: What Teachers Can Do

From a teacher’s perspective, cheating is both a major hassle and a serious disappointment. When students cheat, teachers must bother first with catching the cheating and then with dispensing punishment. They’ll also have to deal with feelings of disappointment in students they’d trusted as they know cheating is a demonstration of the student’s failure to … Continue reading “Preventing Academic Dishonesty Part 2: What Teachers Can Do”

Preventing Academic Dishonesty: What Parents Can Do

Cheating, or academic dishonesty as many schools refer to the practice, is a problem that continues to persist in the field of education. And for teachers who aim to fill their students’ heads with knowledge and prepare them for the future, this is a serious issue. When students cheat they fail to fully engage in … Continue reading “Preventing Academic Dishonesty: What Parents Can Do”

Character Integration – authentic or artificial?

Which is best? Or does it matter? In our preK-3 character building, the character lessons serve as something tangible for our young students to connect with and hold on to as they learn all about the pillars of character. Because of their developmental age, trustworthiness, for example, is kind of an abstract concept, but when … Continue reading “Character Integration – authentic or artificial?”

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