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Educating for Character: A Comprehensive Approach


by Thomas Lickona — 1997

There are at least three compelling reasons for schools to engage in character education. The first is that we need good character to be fully human. We need strengths of mind, heart, and will--qualities like good judgment, honesty, empathy, caring, perseverance, and self-discipline— to be capable of love and work, two of the hallmarks of human maturity. Second, schools are better places--certainly more conducive to teaching and learning--when they are communities of virtue in which qualities of character such as honesty, respect, diligence, and kindness are modeled, expected, taught, celebrated, and continually practiced. Third, character education is essential to the task of building a moral society.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 96, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 6, 1997, p. 45-62
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18776, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 7:20:49 AM

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  • Thomas Lickona
    State Universlty of New York—Cortland
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    THOMAS LICKONA is Professor of Education and Director of the Center tor the 4th and 5th Rs at the State University of New York at Cortland, New York.
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