Segments in this Video

Core Virtues Introduction (01:25)


Humans have sought to nurture characteristics setting us apart from other life forms. Teaching them has challenged families, religious institutions, and schools.

Character Education Definition (01:02)

Dr. Thomas Lickona discusses how schools are tasked with teaching core social values, as family and religious institutions break down.

Improving Learning Environments (02:17)

Lickona defines character education as a proactive effort to teach children right from wrong. Promoting moral standards improves academic performance and social interaction.

Teaching Core Values (02:58)

An ethics expert believes ignoring character education has impeded educational reforms. A language arts teacher teaches a lesson about honesty.

Core Virtues (01:58)

Communities agree on shared moral values. Schools focused more on academics but are now renewing commitments to character development.

Comprehensive Approach (00:46)

Schools are creating virtuous communities where staff, students, and parents practice moral values.

Teacher as a Role Model (01:39)

The comprehensive approach to character education combines nine classroom and three school strategies. The first sees teachers as caregivers, models, and mentors.

Moral Classroom Community (00:51)

A teacher has students compliment one another as a character education strategy.

Moral Discipline (00:52)

Learn how teachers can use moral discipline as a classroom character education strategy.

Democratic Classroom Environment (02:26)

View examples where teachers use class meetings to share decision making, address issues, and improve the learning environment.

Teaching Values through Curriculum (01:19)

Teachers can promote core virtues through subject areas and history lessons.

Cooperative Learning (00:40)

The instructional process can engage students academically while teaching them moral values. A teacher supervises group work in the classroom.

Conscience of Craft (01:38)

Teachers can help students learn to work diligently, take pride in achievements, and value quality of work. A teacher encourages students to set high success goals.

Moral Reflection (01:11)

Journals can help focus on cognitive character development. A teacher has students write about a time when they were honest.

Teaching Conflict Resolution (03:56)

Conflict resolution is crucial for maintaining classroom community and character education. Students participate in a peer mediation role play and brainstorm solutions.

Caring beyond the Classroom (01:39)

Schools can promote community service as a character education strategy. Elementary students discuss food drives and volunteer work with a school counselor.

Creating a Positive Moral School Culture (03:39)

Schools can create a campus wide ethos to support classroom character education. Principals describe their strategies and approaches to moral leadership.

School, Parent, and Community Partnerships (02:28)

Recruiting parents and community members can help schools foster character development. Parents affirm the importance of working with teachers to instill morality in children.

Common Themes (01:02)

Successful character education programs include effective leadership, long-term goals, active responsibility, integration into school life, and parent involvement.

Five "Es" of Character Education (03:02)

Teachers and administrations should set an example, explain social rules to students, create an ethical environment, help students gain experience, and promote academic excellence.

Character Education Trends (01:07)

Interest in character education programs is growing. New materials are being developed to support teachers.

Next Steps in Character Education (03:27)

Likona's Center for 4th & 5th Rs, Boston University's Center for Ethics & Character, and the Character Education Partnership provide resources to schools interested in starting a program.

Creating Moral Excellence (01:02)

Teachers engaging in character education help develop student morality and fulfill their own aspirations as educators.

Credits: Character Education: Restoring Respect and Responsibility (00:55)

Credits: Character Education: Restoring Respect and Responsibility

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Dr. Thomas Lickona, one of the earliest and most respected voices in the character education movement, makes an insightful and compelling argument for the role of schools in promoting the development of positive character traits, such as respect, responsibility, and morality, in students. Dr. Lickona presents a comprehensive, school-wide model for implementing character education, as well as specific strategies for inclusive classrooms. The production takes viewers inside several classrooms where they will see effective character education initiatives in action and observe characteristic features of successful programs, such as effective leadership, community-based identification of core virtues, long-range planning, and integration of activities related to character development into the daily life of the school, and the involvement of parents and families.

Length: 44 minutes

Item#: BVL60325

Copyright date: ©1996

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