What Is Character Education and CHARACTER COUNTS!®?
Character education is the intentional, proactive effort to create ethical, responsible and caring young people. Faculty and staff teach and model good character through an emphasis on universal values such as caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and respect for self and others. Character education is not a "quick fix." It provides long-term solutions that address moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern about our society and the safety of our schools. Character education not only cultivates minds, it nurtures hearts.
Saint Andrew’s has chosen the CHARACTER COUNTS!® program as its guide for our discussions. CHARACTER COUNTS defines The Six Pillars of Character® :
- Be honest
- Don’t deceive, cheat or steal
- Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do
- Have the courage to do the right thing
- Build a good reputation
- Be loyal — stand by your family, friends and country
- Treat others with respect;
- Follow the Golden Rule
- Be tolerant of differences
- Use good manners, not bad language
- Be considerate of the feelings of others
- Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone
- Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements
- Do what you are supposed to do
- Persevere: keep on trying!
- Always do your best
- Use self-control
- Be self-disciplined
- Think before you act — consider the consequences
- Be accountable for your choices
- Play by the rules
- Take turns and share
- Be open-minded; listen to others
- Don’t take advantage of others
- Don’t blame others carelessly
- Be kind
- Be compassionate and show you care
- Express gratitude
- Forgive others
- Help people in need
- Do your share to make your school and community better
- Get involved in community affairs
- Stay informed; vote
- Be a good neighbor
- Obey laws and rules
- Respect authority
- Protect the environment
How is character taught?
Character education is most effective when it is witnessed and experienced throughout regular school activities. In addition to faculty and staff modeling principles of morals and ethics, character discussion is interspersed in daily coursework. In science, teachers can discuss the value of honesty in data, and in math, students can learn persistence by sticking with a problem until they get the right answer. History holds valuable lessons and heroes of character, such as the honesty of Abraham Lincoln, who walked three miles to return 6 cents.
Additionally, one of the sixth pillars is selected for special focus each month. The Lower School classes take turns creating a program on the featured pillar, which they then share in chapel. Our middle school advisories have regular conversations about the pillars and how the students can model these characteristics in their lives each day.
Saint Andrew’s participates in the national Character Counts! Week each year.
All School Photo of Students and Faculty in CHARACTER COUNTS! Colors