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Building Character in Schools: Practical Ways to Bring Moral Instruction to Life
by Kevin Ryan
Young people in America today face a crisis of character. Traditional role models continue to disappoint the public, falling short of expectations and fostering cynicism rather than idealism. As a result, many young people struggle to distinguish right from wrong and seem indifferent to whether it matters. It clearly becomes the task of parents and schools to re-engage the ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 10th 2003 by Jossey-Bass
(first published 1998)
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Back when I was teaching, "Values clarification" was thought to be the best tool for resolving "issues" in a non-judgmental framework. It seemed a rather bankrupt approach to me as I have always thought character education was the key to individual growth and, ultimately, school improvement. I still do. And this is an excellent book.