CHARACTER COUNTS! is an ethical
program designed for the purpose of bringing together into a public setting
a common ethical language? It touches children, the home, the community, and
city at large. It creates a moral awareness in the development of character,
producing a community sensitive to transcendent values. This ethical ideal
is based on qualities, highly regarded in all communities of the world, from
the past to the present, and is the foundation upon which a credible
democracy is based.
The ethical values used
in the CHARACTER COUNTS! program are trustworthiness, respect,
responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.
TRAITS OF INTEGRITY
Through this basic ethics program it is our
pleasure to train whole schools demonstrating for them how to develop traits
of integrity and civic virtue in youth at home and in the local school
system. We believe more than ever we need to place moral tools in the lives
of children that will help them know right from wrong!
ADMIRATION IN THE CHILD FOR QUALITY OF CHARACTER
We wish to create an admiration for quality
of character that assures the young there is a right choice in a moral
dilemma. That personal responsibility is admirable. That behaviors have
consequences. That family can give a virtuous foundation that forms strong
conviction and conscience. That good character does give a sense of well
being to each child as it takes its place in its world.
THE LESSON OF HISTORY
We wish to encourage people to learn the
lesson of history: that no nation can surpass its moral strength.
VIRTUES IN OUR CLASSROOMS
We see this effort contributing a purposeful
moral strategy which is implanting virtues in our schools, communities,
national society, and international family of nations. We have seen that
teaching invariable moral truths, which are consistent, concrete, and
culturally creative, do this.
These virtues produce safe and drug-free
schools. Children, homes, and neighborhoods are brought to an understanding
of compassion, loyalty to character values, and respect for the ethnic
differences in people living on this planet.
AN ARENA OF
Principals and parents sing its praises!
Teachers repeatedly affirm how their classroom has become an arena of
learning, discipline, and ethical accomplishment. It is with a great deal of
satisfaction that I visit the schools where whole faculties have been
trained and where character is endorsed school-wide.
Won’t you join this
growing moral force in our schools and communities? It is much cheaper to
ethically teach a whole child than to repair a broken one! Please enquire!
We have pledged to help you in every way we can.
COUNTS! * “NEW LIFE”
This training prepares youth-serving adults
to be efficient character educators, and equips them in the proven
techniques that have made CHARACTER COUNTS! the most valuable and most
widely accepted methodology to character education.
Learn proven strategies for effective,
sustainable character education
Reignite with new life your professional
development and effectiveness in character-development building.
This “NEW LIFE” refresher course deals
with all the essentials for teachers, teacher-coaches, administrators,
and youth related workers.
We will design the training to fit your
school related needs.
The three to four hour “New Life” course for
schools already trained in CHARACTER COUNTS! is designed to pump new energy
into, and replace the old, with new concepts in character education. Every
concept is again reviewed for the school as they choose the five major areas
in which they would like reinstructed.
All teaching staffs change from time to time
with new teachers and administrators. Numerous schools see the benefit of
updating their structure, methodology, activities, and latest teaching
PROCEDURES ARE UPDATED
Teachers and staffs are updated on the latest
research in the CHARACTER COUNTS! national home base, the Josephson
Institute of Ethics, “Where to Go” for information and activities on the
internet, suggested character books for the school library, activities that
have proved useful for all ages, character approaches for teaching high school
children, disciplining through character, and, sharing ideas that have
worked for other schools. The latest teenage service projects currently
being used by youth in the U.S. are also shared at your request.
Our approach to a “NEW
LIFE” Training” is the following:
Half day or a whole day.
We provide a list of areas
that involve the major components of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Program.
You choose the areas you
think need rebuilt or strengthened.
We provide hard-copy
[originals] dealing with those areas and you reproduce the materials
needed for your group.
We provide the latest in
Power-Point presentations, the projector, computer, and activities, etc.
The schedule: Half day:
8:30A.M. To 12:00P.M. - Full day: 8:30A.M. To 2:30P.M. A Full one day
training – 8:00AM – 3:30PM
Cost: Please call us. The
university provides scholarships during the training year. [2007-8] It
is our wish to help your school.
CHARACTER COUNTS!* is
doing wonderfully well on the West Texas Plains. Over 11,000 teachers have
been trained including other parts of Texas and the U.S. and nine foreign
countries. If we can be of help, please do let us know. Dr. Nat Cooper will
do the training.
*CHARACTER COUNTS! and
the Six Pillars of Character are service marks of the CHARACTER COUNTS!
Coalition, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.
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Dr Nat Cooper
Center for Character Development