CHARACTER COUNTS! INTERNATIONAL
the years we have been impressed with many segments of international
societies, but none as distinctive as the element known as the world of
Their story is a dramatic one! The need for and the
bravery of the children is what gives hope to a nation and is many times
beyond belief! Many children have a sense of goodness, gratitude, and a
desire to learn more about life and people of different cultures. They are
completely unspoiled, don’t have much of the world’s wealth, yet they
have a happiness about them. They are primed for greater development and
ready to embrace a moral inner strength which would certainly assist them
throughout their years.
Many of the children of whom I speak have no parents.
Recently I was touched when through video I saw one young girl about twelve
years of age, followed by a film crew to her home after a long day’s work.
Her home was a large wooden box! She lived there all by herself. She
represents hundreds of children in the area where she lives.
Many children in the world support themselves working
at jobs no one else will touch. They toil in fields, brick yards, working
elephants, keeping cities clean through trash pick-up, are used as
transport, managing elementary machines, and a million sweat jobs around the
What if the many children obliged to go to school were
to learn through their school system the need for ethical and values
development in their lives? What if they learned an ethical vocabulary, how
to make an ethical decision, and how to establish relationships built on a
principled way of life? And, what if all were taught in the schoolroom arena
and reached into their community life? It would satisfy their capacity
to understand and know character as it relates to personal fulfillment and
More than that, what if it helped them one day to have
better families of their own and pass these values on to their children and
grandchildren. Even more than that, focus the telescope of the future a
little bit more; what if the future president of S. Africa, Guyana, Ireland,
England, etc was being trained in the basic moral objectives of leading and
preserving a nation?
WE LIKE TO BEGIN
We like to begin at the top, with leaders in education
of a certain nation, explain the entire program, and let them examine the
ethics program from beginning to end. They provide the initial invitation to
the Center for Character Development, arrange for various educators to hear
Power Point Reviews, consider what CHARACTER COUNTS! would accomplish
for them, anticipate its fitting into their culture, and the organizational
planning it would take for this all to become a reality in their vicinity or
All of this we have successfully done before.
Our teaching site is any community where education
is sound and seen as vital to the lives of youth and their future.
- Local schools with the training of one faculty at a
- An area university where public school masters and
teachers can travel in and be trained.
- An educational campus for teaching excellence where
chosen teachers are trained in the ethics program to bring it home and
teach it to their fellows.
- And, any method which conforms to educational
customs of the area and approved by educational leadership.
- That our faculty created from among CHARACTER
COUNTS! teachers in the U.S., travel to the training site and
set in motion a premier character program in those schools, both
classroom-wide and school-wide.
- That CHARACTER COUNTS! be taught so
as to show consideration for the already set in place organization of
the school system, their beautiful culture, and national ideals. That
this program in effect be personalized by them and made their own!
For twelve years we have been going all over the world
with our teaching/training programs. Many wonderful people have expressed
how they have enjoyed the professional working relationship we have had with
them. Among these have been President’s wives, Ministers of Education,
numerous professors, teachers, and school authorities. This has caused us to
return time and again.
To date we have gone into the following countries
promoting CHARACTER COUNTS!: Ukraine, Ireland, England,
Guyana, Russia (Siberia), Antigua, Tatarstan, Honduras, Albania, Barbuda and
St. Thomas VI. Nine thousand five hundred teachers and youth workers have
been trained in West Texas schools and this number does not take into
account those trained as part of the national work of the Josephson
Institute of Ethics, creators of CHARACTER COUNTS!, and one of the premier
character organizations in the nation, of which we have been privileged to
be a part.
Wishing to honor those we served we have been totally
proficient and have always brought highly qualified instructors well
certified in their given field. We have been so impressed with the interest
of teachers, on both school and university level, that we have had special
educational materials designed, printed and distributed. The latest material
has been the Teachers Training Manual which has received
recognition in the United States in educational circles.
We have established a website for the ongoing work of
foreign school teachers [www.charactercenter.com]
and have set in motion a monthly journal called CHARACTER
INSIGHTS! sent to every place we have been and to those who
have requested it. This electronic journal provides continued education,
directives, lesson plans, activities, and suggestions to keep heath in the
effort and maintain professional connection.
CHARACTER COUNTS! PLAN
The one program that has emerged as being beneficial to
both home and school, has been the CHARACTER COUNTS!
NOT A RELIGIOUS PROGRAM. It's a methodology!
Again and again educators expressed a warm regard for
this school agenda. It has proved itself well among world cultures and has
received excellent educational acceptance both for its scientific style and
help to children. There are educators in all these countries that have
become very professional in promoting this program in their schools. For
this we are thankful and fulfilled.
ON-SITE TEACHING APPROACH
TRAINERS TRAINING TRAINERS
- To train educators chosen by the Host School System in a five day CHARACTER
COUNTS! seminar, who in turn set up a
teaching/training schedule for the day to day educators in their given
- Three days would be given to the rudiments of the character
program: definition, behavior, and assimilation into school manners.
- Two days would be given to organization, design, activities, and
TRAINERS TRAINING INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL FACULTIES
- To set up a teaching schedule over several
months in which all faculties of all schools would be taught in CHARACTER
COUNTS! in two day sessions.
- One day given to rudiments
- One day given to organization, activities, and
THOSE WHO WOULD PARTICIPATE
AS TRAINERS OF TEACHERS.
[Note that their teaching task is implied in the basis of their
- They have an academic certification as a
teacher to teach.
- They have a recommended history for good
- They have already put into practice the CHARACTER
COUNTS! agenda in their school.
- They are seen by those in their cities and
villages as ethical reflectors of the principles they teach.
- They have a hospitable manner and are
influential with other teachers.
- They are not inelegant in personality traits
and are easy to be approached by people who are learning.
- Who understand “culture” and know how to show
regard for the same.
- Who are known for their genuine love of
children, especially those who live under difficult
- Who have conviction about
instructing and advancing character in children and village living.
- Who are willing to make the optimal
preparation in creating this character mission as a model of
success for the rest of their nation.
- Who are not opposed to giving their time
and efforts to future opportunities of this type as they come into
- To adhere to any parameter the
Minister of Education and local officials would place on the program.
The Center: Travel, board, and room on
the part of US faculty, teaching aids, projectors, Power Point, etc would be
sponsored from the US side.
Host country: a training site, foreign
teachers in attendance, etc. and would make the necessary provisions for
their own teachers.
SCHEDULE FOR ON THE SITE TEACHING
The time schedule would be set up by the Minister of
Education/Superintendents for the host country.
- We would try to meet their peculiar teaching
- Teaching Plan and Schedule would be set up by the
MATERIALS TEACHING NOTEBOOK
This can be arranged mutually for production. We have
it in hardcopy form in black/white. We do not want the expense for the
production of these materials to be a reason for not having the training. We
will bring about this part of the plan jointly.
After this Certification Training our staff would
move into the role of giving "Technical Support" from time to
The host schools should be given direction as to
how to set up a Coalition to perpetuate CHARACTER COUNTS!
throughout their region.
Trips could be planned for High school and
University students trained in CHARACTER COUNTS! to
develop follow-up Character Camps for the native children. These campers
would come from CHARACTER COUNTS! schools.
They would be highly recommended by their school
authorities and meet all standards for qualification for involvement.
They would have three main programs:
Tutoring in school subjects
Teaching new materials in CHARACTER COUNTS!
Pursuing Victory With Honor
A Certification Process is already developed in
agreement with the Josephson Institute of Ethics and applicable to the host
- The Minister of Education [or authority in the host
country or region] should acknowledge the program officially.
- The program should be recognized for its credibility
- The host nation/district/province should
choose at least thirty of their best teachers for certification to
perpetuate CHARACTER COUNTS! in the local school
- Providing all arrangements for an approved
- Using national teachers who have proved
themselves skilled in implementation in their school system.
- The Center will provide the Teacher's
Training Manual in the English language [with no additional
To become part of the CHARACTER
COUNTS! World family.
To have access to CHARACTER COUNTS!
To feel identifiable with CHARACTER
COUNTS! Educators elsewhere and make and share in their
To create awareness of teaching information
as it relates to school, home, and community life.
To show ways of integrating the teaching of
character into classroom lessons, etc.
THE CENTER FOR CHARACTER
IS AN INTERNATIONAL CHARACTER COUNTS!
All requests come to the Center for Character
Development to be considered for training outside the United States.
Communication will be set up with the appropriate person/s
in foreign countries for good communication purposes.
An initial training date will be established.
Resource people working with Character Teams International will be matched
with the assignment.
As nations become CHARACTER COUNTS! Sites, materials in
their language will be added to the Center for Character Development
A Technical Support Team will be developed for each foreign
COUNTS! Training site.
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