What Is Character?

What Is Character?

Is it Traits, Strengths, Virtues, Values or All of Them? I notice, in my research and correspondence, that I keep running into lists of character traits, strengths, virtues, and values. I asked myself these three character-related questions: What is the difference between a “value” and “virtue?”   What do educators/researchers mean when they talked about…Read More >>

What’s in Your Character Education Garden

What’s in Your Character Education Garden

The idea for this blog came from one of our colleagues who lives near a botanical garden park and sent me pictures of several flower gardens.  A garden has been suggested as a good metaphor for life and that “nature” (the natural world) is a great teacher.     Plant the seeds of good character…Read More >>

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

By Ed DeRoche Many of you, and maybe a few of your students, have read Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. You will recall that the main character, “Pip,” as he was called in his early years, had four expectations:  education, wealth, social advancement, and the dream of becoming a gentleman. Dickens’s story reminded me of a…Read More >>

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