Character Matters How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues

ISBN-10: 0743245075

ISBN-13: 9780743245074

Edition: 2004

Authors: Thomas Lickona

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Don't Let Our Kids Flunk Life The novelist Walker Percy once observed, "Some people get all As but flunk life." Succeeding in life takes character. In Character Matters, award-winning psychologist-educator Thomas Lickona offers more than 100 practical strategies that parents and schools have used to help kids build strong personal character as the foundation for a purposeful, productive, and fulfilling life. Lickona shows how irresponsible and destructive behavior can invariably be traced to the absence of good character and its 10 essential qualities: wisdom, justice, fortitude, self-control, love, a positive attitude, hard work, integrity, gratitude, and humility. He lays out a blueprint for building these core virtues through a partnership shared by families, schools, and communities. Chapters include: 14 strategies that help kids succeed academically while building character More than a dozen character-building discipline strategies 20 ways to prevent peer cruelty and promote kindness 10 ways to talk to teens about sex, love, and character The culmination of a lifetime's work in character education, this landmark book gives us the tools we need to raise respectful and responsible children, create safe and effective schools, and build the caring and decent society in which we all want to live.
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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 2/10/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Thomas Lickona is a developmental psychologist and professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he directs the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (respect and responsibility). The recipient of the Sandy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Character Education Partnership, he is the author of Educating for Character, which has been called "the bible of the character education movement."

Why Character Matters
Why Character Matters The Right Stuff
The Content of Our Character
Ten Essential Virtues
The Two Sides of Character
What Is the Current Condition of Our Character?
2002 Report Card on American Youth Ethics
Character in the Face of Temptation: The Lost Wallet Experiment
What Motivates Honesty?
Character in the Face of Evil: The Rescuers Study
What Motivated Rescue?
The Roots of Caring
Character as Transformation of Moral Self The Character of Our Democracy
Sex and Character
The National Character Education Movement
Create Families of Character
Raise Children of Character
Make Character Development a High Priority
Be an Authoritative Parent
Love Children Teach by Example
Manage the Moral Environment
Use Direct Teaching to Form Conscience and Habits
Teach Good Judgment
Discipline Wisely
Solve Conflicts Fairly
Provide Opportunities to Practice the Virtues
Foster Spiritual Development
Build a Strong Home-School Partnership
Affirm the Family as the Primary Character Educator
Expect Parents to Participate
Provide Incentives for Parent Participation
Provide Programs on Parenting -- and Work to Increase the TurnoutGet the Program to the Parents
Assign "Family Homework"
Form Parent Peer Support Groups
Involve Parents in Planning the Character Education Program
Establish an Ongoing Forum for Parents
Form a Parents' Character Education Committee
Make a Moral Compact with Parents
Renew the Compact
Extend the Compact to Discipline
Extend the Compact to Sports and Other Co-curricular Activities
Extend the Compact to Combating the Effects of the Media
Be Responsive to Parental Complaints
Respect the Primacy of Parental Rights Regarding Sex Education
Increase the Flow of All Positive Communication Between School and Home
Let Parents Know What Work Is Expected and Send Home Regular Reports
Provide Family Support Centers and Community Schools
Talk to Kids About Sex, Love, and Character
Sex and the Human Heart
A Sexually Toxic Environment
Be Clear About What Kids Need in Order to Avoid Premature Sex
Point Out the Positive Trends
Help Kids Understand Why Some Young People Get Sexually Involved
Talk About What Counts as "Sex"
Teach Kids Nonsexual Ways to Be Intimate
Offer a Vision
Talk About the Emotional Dangers of Uncommitted Sex
Discuss the Rewards of Waiting
Talk About Tough Issues
Implement Character-Based Sex Education in Schools
Create Classrooms of Character
Build Bonds and Model Character
Teach as if Relationships Matter
Use the Power of a Handshake
Get to Know Students as Individuals
Use Bonding to Improve Behavior
Use the Power of Example
Use a Self-Inventory to Focus on Role Modeling
Invite Guest Speakers Who Are Positive Role Models
What the Research Shows
Teach Academics and Character at the Same Time
"If We Do Character Education, Will Academic Learning Improve?
"Name the Virtues Needed to Be a Good Student
Teach as if Purpose Matters
Teach as if Excellence Matters
Teach as if Integrity Matters
Teach as if Students Can Take Responsibility for Their Learning
Use an Instructional Process That Makes Character-Building Part of Every Lesson
Manage the Classroom So That Character Matters
Teach Curriculum Content as if Character Matters
Use a Schoolwide Curriculum That Teaches Moral and Intellectual Virtues
Structure Discussion as if Character MattersTeach as if Truth Matters
Teach with a Commitment to Balance
Model Balance and Fairness in Dealing with Controversial Issues
Teach as if Justice Matters
Practice Character-Based Discipline
Share the Agenda
Hold Students Account
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