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I wrote about the six pillars of a good character and was asked if such a curriculum could be created. The ‘Character Counts’ educators have done an excellent job at developing them. There are sub-pillars (so to speak) under each pillar of the curriculum. Each behavior is thoroughly taught with likable aids and activities because learning through constructive play brings result. Let’s see what it says.  

Trustworthiness
Be honest • 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.

Respect
Treat others with respect; 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.

Responsibility
Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others

Fairness
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

Caring
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

Citizenship
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbour • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

If there is any doubt about the potential of this curriculum, there we have it – a simple platform to build upon.

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4 Comments

  1. This is great!!! It should be impacted on kids all over the world. I wish adults could have too, unfortunately many are so set on their ways. It may be hard to change an adult. That’s why there’s corruption, strive, random shootings in US and even Norway.

    If we can get this into our little darlings mind early on, it sure would make the world a better place to live in and they’ll grow up into being better adults than we are.

    Great article!!

  2. Yes I agree. Change the children, change the world!!! I look forward to schools adapting this into their curriculums.

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