What's Happening in Character?

Proactive Approaches to Bullying Prevention: Two Schools Share Their Success

Posted by Rebecca Bauer on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bullying Prevention  goes hand in hand with honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who stood up for what he believed in, even when that was a very difficult thing to do. Martin Luther King Jr. serves as an exemplar for students who are striving to become allies to their bullied peers, rather than mere bystanders. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, here are two examples  of schools who have done an amazing job empowering their students to stand up for and care for one another.

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Topics: character education, cyberbullying, bullying, compassion

What is your school doing for others? Reflecting on Service Learning

Posted by Rebecca Bauer on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 16:01 PM

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Though a simple question, it is one we can never ask our students enough. The Corporation for National and Community Service urges us to consider the Martin Luther King Day, “a day on not a day off” and encourages us to use the free time that we have to give back to others. The Day of Service website provides a number of toolkits to help you plan projects for you and your class. You may also find this list of resources from EducationDive helpful as well.

Even with these resources, getting your students excited about service learning can still be challenging. To provide some inspiration, I’d like to share the story of Lafayette Township School’s award winning community service day, Branching Out with the Bulls.

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Topics: character, promising practices, compassion, Service learning

Teaching Animal Appreciation: A Pathway to Character

Posted by Rob McManamy on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 @ 13:03 PM

by Zoe Weil

President, Institute for Humane Education

What should character education teach students about kindness to animals?

At first, the answer to this question might seem obvious: people of good character treat nonhuman animals with respect and consideration; therefore, we should educate students to be compassionate and responsible citizens in relation to other species. Role models for good character, such as Albert Schweitzer and Mahatma Gandhi, articulate clear responsibilities toward animals. Gandhi went so far as to say, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” 

But it’s not that simple.

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Topics: moral character, empathy, virtues, compassion