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Published on January 27, 2009

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A Necessity of Character Education to prevent moral problems on level of Society, introduction

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 “ 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

“ 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

Educating the “Head, Heart, Hand” Drs. Kevin Ryan and Thomas Lickona To know the good To care about the good To do the good

To know the good

To care about the good

To do the good

Why Do We Need Character Education?

Explosion of Moral Problems in Society Premarital Sex Divorce

Alienation from Traditional Values

Leads to Alienation of Youth from Society

Youth Don’t Know Who They Are or Where They Are Going

Rising Youth Suicide Rates

Rising Teenage Pregnancy Rates

Rising Youth Violence and Crime

Drug Abuse

Alcohol Abuse

Unwholesome Media and Entertainment Influences

Character Education Has Always Been Part of Education Since Plato, educators have accepted moral instruction of the young as part of their educational mission Many universities, including Harvard,were founded to train clergy

Since Plato, educators have accepted moral instruction of the young as part of their educational mission

Many universities, including Harvard,were founded to train clergy

Character Education Declined in the Twentieth Century, in Part Due to Science Logical positivism—everything should be empirically provable Theory of relativity applied to the moral realm Personalism—morals are everyone’s to choose

Logical positivism—everything should be empirically provable

Theory of relativity applied to the moral realm

Personalism—morals are everyone’s to choose

Moral Relativism: Whose Values to Teach? “Virtues” Not “Values” Values are subjective What people value may vary from culture to culture Values change Virtues are universal Virtues are admired everywhere Virtues do not change

Values are subjective

What people value may vary from culture to culture

Values change

Virtues are universal

Virtues are admired everywhere

Virtues do not change

Yet Virtues May be Used for Good or Bad Purposes A strong-willed dictator A diligent terrorist A conscientious computer hacker A generous thief

A strong-willed dictator

A diligent terrorist

A conscientious computer hacker

A generous thief

Therefore, UPF Teaches Virtues within the Framework of Three Basic Life Goals

The Three Life Goals = A Purposeful Life To attain mature character To develop loving relationships with family and others To make a positive contribution to society

To attain mature character

To develop loving relationships with family and others

To make a positive contribution to society

Character Develops through Four Spheres of Love in the Family A child’s love for parents A sibling’s love for brothers and sisters A spouse’s love for husband or wife A parent’s love for a child

A child’s love for parents

A sibling’s love for brothers and sisters

A spouse’s love for husband or wife

A parent’s love for a child

Altruism = the Virtue of Virtues To live and work for the benefit of others Altruism encompasses all the other virtues

The Family is the First School of Love and Relationships The Oliners’ study of rescuers during the Holocaust showed that altruistic people come from loving families

The UPF Character Education Initiative Emphasizes Virtues and ethical principles common to all cultures The family is the first school of love Three Basic Life Goals Altruism is the organizing core virtue Home, school, community

Virtues and ethical principles common to all cultures

The family is the first school of love

Three Basic Life Goals

Altruism is the organizing core virtue

Home, school, community

UPF’s Discovering the Real Me Character Education Curriculum Utilizes the power of story Age-appropriate books, covering ages 5-18 For use in homes, schools, community venues

Utilizes the power of story

Age-appropriate books, covering ages 5-18

For use in homes, schools,

community venues

Discovering the Real Me , Books 1-4 Elementary level: Aesop’s fables and classic fairy tales

Elementary level: Aesop’s fables and classic fairy tales

Discovering the Real Me , Books 5-8 Adolescent level: Stories of realistic situations, and moral dilemmas

Adolescent level:

Stories of realistic situations, and moral dilemmas

Discovering the Real Me , Books 9-12 High school level: Character-based sexuality education, relationship, communication, and leadership skills

High school level: Character-based sexuality education, relationship, communication, and leadership skills

Character Education—Important and Necessary Part of Education Tomorrow’s Test: How did I show altruism this past week?

Food Drive = A+

Advanced Technology Means We Must Use Our Powers for Good, Not Ill

“ The greater our material power, the greater our need for spiritual insight and virtue.” Arnold Toynbee, British historian, Civilization on Trial

Theodore Roosevelt, 26 th President of the U.S., Knew the Value of Character Education “ To educate a man in mind and not morals is to educate a menace to society.”

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