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Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues

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Award-winning psychologist and educator Thomas Lickona offers more than one hundred practical strategies that parents and schools have used to help kids build strong personal character as the foundation for a purposeful, productive, and fulfilling life.

Succeeding in life takes character, and Lickona shows how irresponsible and destructive behavior can invariably be traced
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 10th 2004 by Touchstone (first published 2004)
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Krista
I did a search at my local library for books on virtues or character to supplement a series of books I am currently writing with my girls on some of the virtues we have been asked to focus on this school year. The search found a bunch, but the first I actually read was this gem that was written in 2004 by a professor at SUNY Cortland, which I was so pleasantly surprised by, since I went to a SUNY school myself.

There are so very many useful suggestions in here, many targeted at the schools, and
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Jill
It seems as if the author has done SO MUCH research from other books and taken the most applicable pieces - it's wonderful. He refers to a lot of other books and experiences to help people learn how to implement teaching moral character in their schools. I skipped a lot of what didn't apply to our circumstances, as it was geared more toward school teachers in a public arena. I appreciated his suggestions though, especially the discussion on teaching manners and expectations and that it really is ...more
Mrs. Riding
Reading this with the staff at Bennion Elementary. It is excellent. The author not only develops the case for why we need to be concerned about character education, but specifics about how.

I've been assigned to review chapter six with the staff. It has to do with integrity, in particular copyright. I'm looking forward to the discussion as this is a tough subject to fully understand.
Jennifer
I had to read this book for a class and really enjoyed it. The topic is interesting to me and what I appreciated the most is that while it referenced scientific studies, etc the material was presented in a way that made it easy for the non-scientist or psychologist to easily understand! I am looking forward to putting some of the ideas to use in my classroom this fall.
Amy
Excellent. Out of all the reading I've done professionally lately, this is something that stuck with me personally and I will carry with me for the rest of my life. How can we raise children of character in the midst of a society that has largely eschewed these values?
Leanna Aker
A ton of practical ideas for including character education in both formal and informal ways. I tired a bit of the "laundry list" style writing in the book after several chapters, but I'm sure I will refer back to this from time to time to get some motivation. :-)
Levine
It took months for me to finish this book. Even so, I find this book is useful in order to develop people's character. I've tried one of the strategy on page 291 to my first graders, and they loved it. Let's see how it works then ;D
Kammera
Jun 05, 2011 Kammera rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers, counselors, parents
This is a MUST read for teachers trying to instill values and positive character traits. so many useful ideas and web resources to use.
Michelle H
Excellent for dealing with a tween! Oh those were they years! I survived...three to go...
Sancheza
I have been using books by Thomas Lickona for my English 313 research paper.
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