How do you create ethical high schools? In "Smart and Good High Schools: Integrating Excellence and Ethics for Success in School, Work and Beyond," Thomas Lickona and Matthew Davidson present promising practices for building eight strengths of character that help youth lead productive, ethical and fulfilling lives. Based on a comprehensive study of 24 high schools, this 2005 report concludes that: a) there is national consensus regarding the need for character, and b) smart and good high schools educate for both performance character and moral character.
Dr. Lickona is an education professor at State University of New York at Cortland, and one of the leading researchers and proponents of character development in the schools. He also serves on the advisory councils of the Character Education Partnership (CEP) as well as the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition. Dr. Davidson is Director for the Templeton Grant Award Project at the Center for the 4th & 5th Rs.
The educational and institutional practices include: