MAKING THE CASE FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION
“It is our character that supports the promise of our future – far more than particular government programs or policies.” William J. Bennett – writer and former secretary of education.
Or as Heraclitus would say “Character is destiny.”
Follow me as we explore and promote honesty, fairness, responsibility, caring, respect and citizenship in our young children.
HONESTY, FAIRNESS, RESPONSIBILITY, CARING, RESPECT, CITIZENSHIP
In a pluralistic society, few people would question the merits of a populace imbued with good character. Ethical commitment, competence and practice in all segments of a community can be considered foundations of a functional society, and perhaps most importantly, essential to basic humanity.
“FAME IS A VAPOR, POPULARITY AN ACCIDENT, RICHES TAKE WING, AND ONLY CHARACTER ENDURES”
This quotation from newspaper editor Horace Greeley reminds us that even from an individualistic perspective, the intrinsic value of our lives reflects the strength of our personal character.
To our detriment, predominant western cultural mores often suggest that the quality of our lives is measured in material possessions, appearance, and social recognition.
“WE SHOULD BE THINKING NOT JUST WHAT IS GOOD FOR PUTTING MONEY IN PEOPLE’S POCKETS BUT WHAT IS GOOD FOR PUTTING JOY IN PEOPLE’S HEARTS.”
Social scientists have actually seen levels of life satisfaction decline over the last quarter of a century, despite the dramatic increase in standard of living. In general, more wealth has not brought additional feelings of wellbeing. This trend has led one politician to conclude, “We should be thinking not just what is good for putting money in people’s pockets but what is good for putting joy in people’s hearts.”
(signed) TheThoughtful Parent learn more at http://www.childrensebooksbyjoan.com/
“WHEN POLITICIANS ARE LOOKING AT ISSUES”
They should be saying to themselves, “How are we going to try and make sure that we don’t just make people better off but we make people happier, we make communities more stable, we make society more cohesive?”
(signed) The Thoughtful Parent learn more at www.childrensebooksbyjoan.com