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Building Character in Schools: Practical Ways to Bring Moral Instruction to Life
     

Building Character in Schools: Practical Ways to Bring Moral Instruction to Life

by Kevin Ryan
 

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ISBN-10: 0787962449

ISBN-13: 2900787962448

Pub. Date: 03/10/2003

Publisher: Wiley

Young people in America today face a crisis of character. Traditional role models continue to disappoint the public, falling short of expectations and fostering cynicism rather than idealism. As a result, many young people struggle to distinguish right from wrong and seem indifferent to whether it matters. It clearly becomes the task of parents and schools to

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Young people in America today face a crisis of character. Traditional role models continue to disappoint the public, falling short of expectations and fostering cynicism rather than idealism. As a result, many young people struggle to distinguish right from wrong and seem indifferent to whether it matters. It clearly becomes the task of parents and schools to re-engage the hearts and minds of our children in forming their own characters. In Building Character in Schools, Kevin Ryan and Karen Bohlin draw from nearly fifty years of combined field experience to offer a practical guide to character education — designed to help children to know the good, love the good, and do the good.

Author Biography: Ryan and Bohlin provide a blueprint for educators who wish to translate a personal commitment to character education into a schoolwide vision and effort. They outline the principles and strategies of effective character education and explain what schools must do to teach students the habits and dispositions that lead to responsible adulthood — from developing curriculum that reinforces good character development to strengthening links with parents. A useful resource section includes sample lessons, program guidelines, and a parents' list of ways to promote character in their children.

Building Character in Schools clearly defines the responsibilities of adults and students in modeling and nurturing character and sets forth practical guidelines for schools seeking to become communities of virtue where responsibility, hard work, honesty, and kindness are modeled, taught, expected, celebrated, and continually practiced.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900787962448
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/10/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexiii
The Authorsxxi
1Character Education: What Is It and Why Is It Important?1
2Views, Values, or Virtues?25
3Building a Community of Virtue53
4Cultivating Character Through the Curriculum89
5Engaging Parents in Character Education115
6The Teacher's Work: Nurturing Character138
7Helping Students Take Command165
Appendixes Part 1Good Ideas
AThe Character Education Manifesto189
BA Seven-Point Program193
CAn Overview of the Virtues207
DThe Montclair Kimberly Academy Declaration213
EThe Boston University Educators Affirmation215
FCharacter Quotes217
Appendixes Part 2Action Strategies
GOne Hundred Ways to Bring Character Education to Life229
HPitfalls to Avoid in Character Education239
ITen Commandments for Parents243
Appendixes Part 3Curriculum
JExemplary Moral Education Curricula249
KSample Mini-Unit: "Jonah and the Whale"253
LSample Mini-Unit: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes257
MSample Mini-Unit: The Little Prince261
Notes267
Index271

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