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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