What is character education? Broadly speaking, it is a movement that aims to teach moral behavior and certain values to primary and secondary school students.
To integrate the teaching of values and morals into a school's curriculum.
Supporters of character education say that the values taught in such programs are universal values with which no one can take issue.
Character Counts! Character Counts! focuses on the teaching of six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Character education holds that widely shared, pivotally important, core ethical values - such as caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and respect for self and others - along with supportive performance values - such as diligence, a strong work ethic, and perseverance - form the basis of good character.
Students grow to understand core values by studying and discussing them, observing behavioral models, and resolving problems involving the values.
Students learn to care about core values by developing empathy skills, forming caring relationships, helping to create community, hearing illustrative and inspirational stories, and reflecting on life experiences.