The Six Pillars of Character
The Six Pillars of Character are the core ethical values of CHARACTER COUNTS! These values were identified by a nonpartisan, secular group of youth development experts in 1992 as core ethical values that transcend cultural, religious, and socioeconomic differences.
The Six Pillars of Character are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. We recommend using the Pillars in your character education or SEL initiative in this specific order and using the acronym “T.R.R.F.C.C.” (terrific).
Each of the Six Pillars of Character help instill a positive school climate and a culture of kindness, making schools a safe environment for students to learn.
- Be honest in communications and actions.
- Don’t deceive, cheat or steal.
- Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do.
- Have the courage to do the right thing.
- Build a good reputation.
- Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country.
- Keep your promises.
- Treat others with respect and follow the Golden Rule.
- Be tolerant and accepting of differences.
- Use good manners, not bad language.
- Be considerate of the feelings of others.
- Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone.
- Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
- Do what you are supposed to do.
- Plan ahead.
- Be diligent.
- Do your best.
- Use self-control.
- Be self-disciplined.
- Think before you act.
- Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes.
- Set a good example for others.
- Choose a positive attitude.
- Make healthy choices.
- Play by the rules.
- Take turns and share.
- Be open-minded; listen to others.
- Don’t take advantage of others.
- Don’t blame others carelessly.
- Treat all people fairly.
- Be kind.
- Be compassionate and show you care.
- Show empathy.
- Express gratitude.
- Forgive others and show mercy.
- Help people in need.
- Be charitable and altruistic.
- Do your share to make your home, school, community, and world better.
- Get involved in community affairs.
- Stay informed; vote.
- Be a good neighbor.
- Obey laws and rules.
- Respect authority.
- Protect the environment.