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Character Building and Higher Education

reviewed by Howard L. Parsons - 1953

coverTitle: Character Building and Higher Education
Author(s): Ordway Tead
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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According to Dr. Tead, education should build character, particularly education in a democratic society which requires adherence to integrity, responsibility, honesty, and vigilance. Besides, all education is value-oriented; "the cultivation of the life of the mind is itself a moral enterprise." Increasing numbers of students, the cultural heterogeneity of students, secularism, "ultrascientific dogmatism" which repudiates moral values, curricular "requirement," the anxiety and rootlessness of adolescents today—all these elements constitute the problem and incentive to develop character. Character is an abiding, qualitative perspective and response in the person; it is his system of operative values. Character is compounded of resolution, "determination to adhere persistently to the best the person knows," courage, perseverance, acceptance of consequences of personal decisions, "fidelity to rational and defensible standards," perpetual, critical, and increasingly comprehensive revaluations of one's system of values, sincerity, integrity, trustworthiness, "large consistency of purpose," self-responsibility, and autonomy of judgment and action. "Bad" character is action... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 55 Number 2, 1953, p. 104-104
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4877, Date Accessed: 9/25/2020 10:25:52 PM

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