Character Education: An Historical Overview

 by: Robert Tatman, Stacey Edmonson, John R. Slate from Rice University’s OpenStax CNX  Introduction Dewey (1944) framed a rich historical context when he wrote that, “It is a commonplace of educational theory that the establishing of character is a comprehensive aim of school instruction and discipline” (p. 346). Poignantly closing his book Democracy and Education with a […]

From the Director’s Chair…

What makes a town, city, county, region or state a “community of character”? This week I spoke with teachers, principals and others who interact with young people every day. All of these educators share the belief that no matter how good your school is, no school can completely succeed in educating students and preparing them […]

From the Director’s Chair …

In the nearly two years that I have had the privilege of being the National Director of CHARACTER COUNTS!, rarely a day goes by when someone doesn’t ask me: What is CHARACTER COUNTS!? In nearly every case, I first respond with what we are NOT. CHARACTER COUNTS! is NOT a curriculum, an add-on, an out of-the-box […]

Saluting the 2012 National Schools of Character (Part 2)

With the new school year upon us, it’s time to check in again with one of the Character Education Partnership’s (CEP) 2012 National Schools of Character (NSOC) award winners. For part two of our three-part series, we’re featuring the North Boulevard Elementary School in the Pequannock Township School District in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. The school’s mission statement is “Educating Every Student, Every […]