Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 10, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 310 pages
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Award-winning psychologist and educator Thomas Lickona offers more than one hundred practical strategies that parents and schools have used to help kids build strong personal character as the foundation for a purposeful, productive, and fulfilling life.

Succeeding in life takes character, and Lickona shows how irresponsible and destructive behavior can invariably be traced to the absence of good character and its ten essential qualities: wisdom, justice, fortitude, self-control, love, a positive attitude, hard work, integrity, gratitude, and humility.

The culmination of a lifetime’s work in character education from one the preeminent psychologists of our time, this landmark book gives us the tools we need to raise respectful and responsible children, create safe and effective schools, and build the caring and decent society in which we all want to live.
 

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Lickona, an award-winning educator and psychologist, follows his renowned Educating for Character with this helpful, step-by-step program for implementing character education at home, in school, or ... Read full review

Contents

PART TWOCreate Families of Character
31
Build a Strong HomeSchool
60
Talk to Kids About Sex Love
83
PART THREECreate Classrooms of
109
Teach Academics and Character
121
Practice CharacterBased Discipline
144
Teach Manners
165
Prevent Peer Cruelty and
174
PART FOURCreate Schools of Character
217
Involve Students in Creating
247
PART FIVECreate Communities of Character
259
Get Business Involved
268
Epilogue
277
Notes
289
Index
297
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Help Kids and Adults Take
196

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Thomas Lickona is a developmental psychologist and professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he directs the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (respect and responsibility). The recipient of the Sandy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Character Education Partnership, he is the author of Educating for Character, which has been called "the bible of the character education movement.

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