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.
A Project of the
Universal Peace Federation
“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
What people value may vary from culture to culture
Virtues are universal
Virtues are admired everywhere
Virtues do not changeMoral Relativism: Whose Values to Teach? “Virtues” Not “Values”
Altruism encompasses all the other virtues
The Oliners’ study of rescuers during the Holocaust showed that altruistic people come from loving families
Stories of realistic situations, and moral dilemmas
How did I show altruism this past week?
Arnold Toynbee, British historian, Civilization on Trial
“To educate a man in mind and not morals is to educate a menace to society.”