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Character Education

Move Beyond The Election To Embrace Kindness And Respect

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

After this polarizing election, there is considerable tension among Americans. In families, neighborhoods, the workplace and even between friends. It doesn't have to be this way.

If We Want A Civil America, Teachers Must Take The Lead

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

We ought to be encouraging teachers to teach values --embracing the good that America represents in its grandest ideals -- and to empower our children to spread them before it's too late.

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Fadel

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.18.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"We need to re-examine college entrance requirements (and their tests).  They hold change hostage to antiquated and incomplete requirements.  Massiv...

Around the World in 30 Days: September 2016

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.29.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

C. M. Rubin's Global Education Report Why does character education matter? And why do so many believe its role in schools is more important than ev...

The Global Search For Education: What Character?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.21.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In an increasingly complex world, society is rediscovering the importance of teaching character qualities or "how one behaves and engages in the world."

Going Beyond Grit

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents
Christine Nasserghodsi

As my children have grown, I would add one more trait to Tough's list: comprehending complexity. While checking into a flight at the airport this morning, my eight year old asked me if it was true that Americans were racist.

It's Testing Season; But Are We Measuring What We Actually Treasure?

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

It's "testing season." Not unlike the term "selfie," "testing season" has become an expression, a way in which we discuss the school calendar. Usually...

Where Character Education Is Undone

Shauna Letellier | Posted 04.05.2016 | Parents
Shauna Letellier

Our children, our young people, the ones we've been spouting all our positive mottos to, they are the witnesses, and sometimes the imitators, of the most distressing display of all: our blind hypocrisy.

The #1 Way Schools Are Failing Our Kids Will Surprise You

Shanna Belott | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Shanna Belott

The problem is that the law, schools and parents are treating bullying as if it's the beginning of the story, something to react to and treat. And the thinking of far too many school officials is that an occasional assembly is an adequate measure for them to check this issue off their list.

Our Most Wasted Resource: Our Capacity for Good

Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Patricia M. Bombard, BVM, D.Min.

If we are to reverse the trend of violence and environmental destruction on our planet, we need many, many more such people. It's time for a Manhattan Project focused on our most wasted resource: our capacity for good.

What Derek Jeter and His Family Can Teach Educators and Parents

Mia Toschi | Posted 11.26.2014 | Education
Mia Toschi

As the credits continue to roll and Derek Jeter tipped his cap for the final time at Yankee stadium, I would only hope educators and parents learn some lessons from this baseball hero.

Schools and Parents Have to Work Together on Character Education

Hilary Wilce | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Hilary Wilce

Character education starts early, and it's impossible for schools and teachers to do this by themselves. Parents must step up.

Bonding or Bullying? Does Hazing Build Character?

Clark Power | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Clark Power

Although few defend Richie Incognito's alleged treatment of offensive line teammate, Jonathan Martin, some NFL players have blamed Martin for deserting his team and publicly criticizing a teammate.

'Character Ed. Before Higher Ed': Wisdom Trumps Knowledge

Ralph Singh | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Ralph Singh

I loved learning, was a good student, and had the privilege (and I mean privilege) of a great education. But it was what I learned after my formal education that made me the person I am today.

Origins And Questions Of Character Education

KidSpirit | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion

There are now a multitude of character education programs being implemented in schools all across the United States. While in principle it might be important to teach character, one might ask, "Is it effective? What is it good for? Does it ultimately help academic performance?"

A Plan to End Bullying and Make Schools Kinder and Gentler

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 03.19.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

A plan that would virtually end school bullying and make school discipline kinder, gentler and more meaningful is being proposed for schools throughout the country.

TV Parents: What Values Do They Convey?

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 03.05.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

For better or worse, TV parents provide a framework of
 what and what not to do.

How Many Sacred Cows Does It Take to Sustain a Movement?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Our own history tells us just how possible, and difficult, it is to turn ideas and energy into transformational change.

Building Character In School Also Builds Up Grades, Says Study

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

According to a study led by Loyola University Chicago professor emeritus Joseph A. Durlak, learning about social skills in the classroom may increase ...

Is Silence Really Golden?

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

For a host of reasons, schools and teachers have not made the connections between teaching democratic citizenship and the new technological universe.

Do We Need a Little Character Education Today?

Jim McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jim McGuire

Students must be taught that treating peers with disrespect will limit their success. If students are to grow, learn, and become productive adults, they must be taught how specific behaviors control their destiny.

Dear Landon School: Decorum Is Not the Same as Honor

Laura Stepp | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Stepp

Do not be fooled by student codes of conduct. They're more about decorum than desire, or cheating on tests rather than cheating on your girlfriend.

Raising Moral Kids without Gods: Wisdom Commons

Valerie Tarico | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Valerie Tarico

Research shows us that healthy human children come into the world primed to become moral members of society, just like they come into the world primed to acquire language.