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Building Character in Schools. Practical Ways to Bring Moral Instruction to Life

  • ID: 2210965
  • Book
  • February 2003
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Offers American parents and teachers precisely what we need and so sorely lack a moral vision of how we ought to live with one another and the heart of what ′character education′ is meant to teach us: an ethics that is affirmed in our day–to–day engagement with our fellow human beings."

Robert Coles, professor of psychiatry and medical humanities, Harvard University

"A timely, well–written, immensely practical, breakthrough book that will awaken our minds and hearts and remind us of our moral obligation to our greatest resource and our future: our children."
Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"Packed with practical and inspiring wisdom about what schools, families, and young people themselves can do to build good character."
Thomas Lickona, director, Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility)

"Without preaching, Ryan and Bohlin have written a book that is important, enjoyable reading for anyone concerned with contemporary education."
Publisher′s Weekly

"For those willing to take up the task of teaching ethics, the book provides a practical blueprint for teachers, schools, and parents."

"After the book has inspired you, you can mine the appendices, which include such practical treasures as ′One Hundred Ways to Bring Character Education to Life,′ sample lesson plans, and a list of programs and phone numbers to call when your school is in dire need of civility."
The American School Board Journal

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The Authors

1 Character Education: What Is It and Why Is It Important? 1

2 Views, Values, or Virtues? 25

3 Building a Community of Virtue 53

4 Cultivating Character Through the Curriculum 89

5 Engaging Parents in Character Education 115

6 The Teacher′s Work: Nurturing Character 138

7 Helping Students Take Command 165

Appendix Part 1: Good Ideas

A The Character Education Manifesto 189

B A Seven–Point Program 193

C An Overview of the Virtues 207

D The Montclair Kimberly Academy Declaration 213

E The Boston University Educators Affirmation 215

F Character Quotes 217

Appendix Part 2: Action Strategies

G One Hundred Ways to Bring Character Education to Life 229

H Pitfalls to Avoid in Character Education 239

I Ten Commandments for Parents 243

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Kevin Ryan
Karen E. Bohlin
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