Guest post by Sonia Lowman Imagine having to talk parents into giving up their children with the promise that you only may be able to save them from an otherwise near-sure fate of death. Could you picture carrying this enormous responsibility for the safety of total strangers, all the while risking your own life? That […]
A song that comes to mind as I watch people exchanging not only gifts but pleasantries this time of year is My Favorite Things, beautifully sung by the talented Julie Andrews in the movie The Sound Of Music. But as I reflect on my personal favorite things, the Art Buchwold adage — “The best things in […]
Tomorrow — November 13 — is World Kindness Day. To help you get in the spirit, we’re posting a list of six ways you can show kindness. Learn about the day, and get more ideas, on the website of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. This list is excerpted from Barbara Gruener’s keynote address to […]
When art, literacy and character collide, the writing’s on the wall. Muralist Kathy Hammond painted the Six Pillars of Character and their supporting values on a wall in the “Character Court” at Westwood-Bales Elementary School in Friendswood, Texas. Nice work!
Did you know that, according to nobullying.com, one in four kids has been the victim of online bullying more than once? This and other disquieting statistics …
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with books that help young people learn about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s role in it.
This video from Common Sense Media includes a discussion on cyberbullying with Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. Also in the video: three websites for kids that teach lessons about kindness, plus a catchy song reminding young people to “pause and think” before […]
By Barbara Gruener “Today I’m thinking about something I heard 13 years ago when I attended a CHARACTER COUNTS! Character Development Seminar in Houston and was introduced to the Six Pillar framework. It went something like this: Think about what you want people to say at your funeral, then live life backward. It resonated with […]
Modeling is central to character education. That’s because we’re born imitators. Babies just a few minutes old will stick out their tongues at adults doing the same thing. We often mimic behavior without even realizing it. How does it happen?
Most people know the President officially pardons one turkey each Thanksgiving. But do you know when this fowl discrimination began?