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The Character Education Initiative. A Project of the Universal Peace Federation. Introduction to the UPF Character Education Initiative. What Is Character Education?. Character Education = Conscious Effort to Instill Virtues.

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the character education initiative

The Character Education Initiative

A Project of the

Universal Peace Federation

character education conscious effort to instill virtues
Character Education = Conscious Effort to Instill Virtues

“Character education is the deliberate effort to help people understand, care about, and act upon core ethical values.”

Dr. Thomas Lickona, author, Educating for Character

educating the head heart hand drs kevin ryan and thomas lickona
Educating the “Head, Heart, Hand”Drs. Kevin Ryan and Thomas Lickona
  • To know the good
  • To care about the good
  • To do the good
character education has always been part of education
Character Education Has Always Been Part of Education
  • Since Plato, educators have accepted moral instruction of the young as part of their educational mission
  • Many universities, including Harvard,were founded to train clergy
character education declined in the twentieth century in part due to science
Character Education Declined in the Twentieth Century, in Part Due to Science
  • Logical positivism—everything should be empirically provable
  • Theory of relativity applied to the moral realm
  • Personalism—morals are everyone’s to choose
moral relativism whose values to teach virtues not values
Values are subjective

What people value may vary from culture to culture

Values change

Virtues are universal

Virtues are admired everywhere

Virtues do not change

Moral Relativism: Whose Values to Teach? “Virtues” Not “Values”
yet virtues may be used for good or bad purposes
Yet Virtues May be Used for Good or Bad Purposes
  • A strong-willed dictator
  • A diligent terrorist
  • A conscientious computer hacker
  • A generous thief
the three life goals a purposeful life
The Three Life Goals = A Purposeful Life
  • To attain mature character
  • To develop loving relationships with family and others
  • To make a positive contribution to society
character develops through four spheres of love in the family
Character Develops through Four Spheres of Love in the Family
  • A child’s love for parents
  • A sibling’s love for brothers and sisters
  • A spouse’s love for husband or wife
  • A parent’s love for a child
altruism the virtue of virtues to live and work for the benefit of others

Altruism = the Virtue of VirtuesTo live and work for the benefit of others

Altruism encompasses all the other virtues

the family is the first school of love and relationships

The Family is the First School of Love and Relationships

The Oliners’ study of rescuers during the Holocaust showed that altruistic people come from loving families

the upf character education initiative emphasizes
The UPF Character Education Initiative Emphasizes
  • Virtues and ethical principles common to all cultures
  • The family is the first school of love
  • Three Basic Life Goals
  • Altruism is the organizing core virtue
  • Home, school, community
upf s discovering the real me character education curriculum
UPF’s Discovering the Real Me Character Education Curriculum
  • Utilizes the power of story
  • Age-appropriate books, covering ages 5-18
  • For use in homes, schools,

community venues

discovering the real me books 1 4
Discovering the Real Me, Books 1-4
  • Elementary level: Aesop’s fables and classic fairy tales
discovering the real me books 5 8
Discovering the Real Me, Books 5-8
  • Adolescent level:

Stories of realistic situations, and moral dilemmas

discovering the real me books 9 12
Discovering the Real Me, Books 9-12
  • High school level: Character-based sexuality education, relationship, communication, and leadership skills
character education important and necessary part of education
Character Education—Important and Necessary Part of Education

Tomorrow’s Test:

How did I show altruism this past week?

the greater our material power the greater our need for spiritual insight and virtue

“The greater our material power, the greater our need for spiritual insight and virtue.”

Arnold Toynbee, British historian, Civilization on Trial

theodore roosevelt 26 th president of the u s knew the value of character education

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the U.S., Knew the Value of Character Education

“To educate a man in mind and not morals is to educate a menace to society.”