Character Education – Will Literature Facilitate It or Destroy It?

In 1994, C. Weaver wrote, “Literary characters have almost the same potential for influencing the reader as the real people with whom a reader might share a reading experience” (pp. 33-34). This is undoubtedly why the ancients of Greek and Rome so carefully crafted stories for use in the instruction […]

Character Education Books

Character education books provide an exciting, effective, and long-lasting exposure to character. That is, good character education books do that. Good character education books are fiction or nonfiction, but fiction can be much more effective for children, and for teens who have not reached adulthood. Fiction is received more readily, […]

Character Education in the Schools

We’ve been at it for centuries. Educators call it character education in the schools, while in less formal settings, we call it character building. The question is, “Why do we bother with a character education program?” I watch the daily news, and I wonder, “Are we really making any […]

Character Education is a Challenge

Character education challenges educators today as few other subjects do. Schools have always taught character, in one manner or another. Even the schools of ancient civilizations had character education, so it is neither a recent discovery nor a new discipline. What is new about character education is a tendency to […]

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