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Character Psychology and Character Education

reviewed by Ronald B. Jacobson - 2006

coverTitle: Character Psychology and Character Education
Author(s): Daniel K. Lapsley, & F. Clark Power
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, IN
ISBN: 0268033722, Pages: 352, Year: 2005
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Jake was a popular sixth grader at a local public school.  Jake had plenty of friends and admirers, kept good grades, excelled in music and sports, and had adequate social skills.  Jake was also a bully.  During his sixth-grade year Jake recruited two friends, then more generally a larger population of students, to terrorize a classmate, Matthew.  The devastation of that year sent Matthew’s grades and self-confidence plummeting, eventually causing him to transfer to a new school despite the concerted efforts of staff and parents to stop the onslaught.  The next year, in the absence of Matthew, Jake targeted another student, Trent.  When asked why Jake continued to bully Matthew that sixth-grade year, he matter-of-factly replied, “because I like to make him cry.” Research tells us that over 80 % of the students in our K–12 schools claim to have been bullied at some point during their school careers (Holt &... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1658-1662
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12226, Date Accessed: 5/14/2021 10:55:35 PM

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  • Ronald Jacobson
    University of Washington
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    RONALD B. JACOBSON is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington. His main work involves the philosophical or theoretical consideration of dispositional transformation (transforming desire), specifically focused in confronting the phenomenon of bullying within schools. His recent paper "Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil: Education, Humiliation, and Learning to Be Together" (Journal of Thought, Summer 2005) focuses on the issues of relational transformation and the intricacies of being human together.
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