“Happiness depends on acquiring a moral character,where one displays the virtues of courage, generosity,justice, friendship, and citizenship in one’s life” –Aristotle“...there is no truth morethoroughly established thatthere exists in the economy andcourse of nature, anindissoluble union betweenvirtue and happiness.”George Washington -First InauguralAddress
AcademicsHealth, Safety and Well-being Should teaching and nurturingA Virtuous Life? values, character, and virtue be a priority of the education system?
“The function of education is toteach one to think intensively andto think critically... Intelligence pluscharacter – that is the goal of trueeducation.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.
So, let’s start at the end. After our students walk across that stage, after the speeches, awards and presentations, after the long goodbyes, it’s time to ask: Did we meet our educational goals? Is earning a diploma enough? Is being accepted to college enough? Are these young adults ready for responsible citizenship?
OK, now we go all the way back to the beginning A Parent may say: “I want my child to be________________________. A Teacher may say: “I want my students to be_____________________.
If you could give a youngadult one book as a guidefor living…
What would your schoolMassachusetts Anti-Bullying Law be like if you did Civil Society What’s missing? Lives Here not have a Moral and Virtuous Citizens ---------------------------------- student Laws handboo k?
Create a culture of virtue Programming and curriculum Recognition of the “Good” Stories, literature Role modeling Accountability Mentoring “The Quiet Conversations” -The familiar landscapes of the classroom, playing field, art studio, and stage have rich deposits of value-laden lessons waiting for us to unearth as “teachable moments.” Civil Society Seminars
The Virtue Project A program that challenges student leaders to promote and encourage both the intrinsic and civic rewards of a virtuous life. The goal of the Virtue Project is to make common and timeless values part of our daily lives, and through the presentation of stories, heroes, and real-life role models and events, these students are responsible for transitioning virtuous ideals from the abstract to the concrete, stabilizing the common foundation of the diverse architecture of our community.For more information on the Virtue Project and related programs, seeThe Virtue Project: Promoting a Culture of Civic Virtue in Our Schoolsby Bob Macioci Independent School Magazine -Winter 2013
The Honor Code and Honor Council The Honor Council will uphold the integrity of Cushing Academy’s Honor Code by demonstrating respect for others, adhering to high standards of academic honesty, and acting decisively in the event that a member of the community has violated or intends to violate its precepts. In accordance with the Honor Code, “we seek an environment in which all individuals can live and learn together in ways that protect personal freedom and community standards.” When violations occur, the Honor Council is dedicated to ensuring accountability, providing encouragement, and restoring trust in the community. For more information: http://www.cushing.org/honor-code
Role Modeling: ~The Most Powerful Lesson of All~ Students Encourage and provide opportunities for those students who, by their example, actions, and attitude, can take the lead in building and sustaining a culture of civility and virtue. Parents Parents may be the greatest role models of all. Partner with families to align the common values and goals of the home and school. Teachers-Dorm Parents-Coaches-Mentors We have the potential to be a powerful influence in the lives of young adults, and by our words, deeds, and actions, we must communicate clearly to our students the habits necessary to live in society as responsible citizens. While this can sometimes be challenging, it is well known that adolescents develop positive behavior patterns by consistent contact with responsible adults of high character.
Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids toDo the Right Thing -Michele BorbaBooks That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral ValuesThrough Stories -William Kilpatrick, Gregory Wolfe, Suzanne Wolfe, RobertColesThe Moral Intelligence of Children: How to Raise a Moral Child -RobertColesThe Book of Virtues -William J. BennettAesops Fables -Saviour Pirotta, Richard JohnsonThe Virtues Project Educators Guide: Simple Ways to Create a Culture ofCharacter -Linda PopovCharacter Education: Transforming Values into Virtue -Holly Shepard SallsEducating for Character: How Our Schools Can Teach Respect andResponsibility -Thomas Lickona
~The pursuit of happiness should always be guided by the compass of virtue ~While laws are necessary to maintain basic social order, a Civil Society can only be sustained with moral and virtuous people ~This is the challenge we face in our schools~ -It is our highest priority-~And as teachers assigned the responsibility ofmentoring young adults and preparing the citizens of the21st century, meeting this challenge is at the heart of ourprofession~