"An anonymous sage wrote, 'When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.' In conducting our national debate about character education, it is helpful to keep in mind that character education is not a new idea. It is an idea as old as education itself; indeed, it is the school's most important mission. The current national character education movement is returning us to that ancient wisdom."
This quotation came from the closing of an article that appeared in the February 1998 issue of the Phi Delta Kappan written by Dr. Thomas Lickona, one of the most prominent voices in the character education movement in the United States.This article, entitled "A More Complex Analysis Is Needed," was prepared in response to a February 1997 Phi Delta Kappan article by Alfie Kohn that critiqued the character education movement. Dr. Lickona is Director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility), State University of New York at Cortland; author of the book Educating for Character, How Our Schools Can Teach Respect and Responsibility; and was keynote speaker at this organizations's 1996 New Hampshire Character Education Conference.
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Character Education Resources (successor organization to the Louis Necho Memorial Trust) is a non-profit organization that promotes Character and Citizenship Education in New Hampshire and beyond. We organize, produce, promote and fund Character and Citizenship Education training conferences for educators, school administrators and others interested in Character Education. To help increase public awareness of Character Education, we also provide Character Education materials such as books, instructional curricula, videos and other sources of information.
Character Education Resources is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and with the State of New Hampshire as a Charitable Trust. We are affiliated with the Character Education Partnership. Based in Washington, D.C., the CEP is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals concerned about the moral crisis confronting America's youth and is dedicated to developing moral character and civic virtue in our young people as one way of promoting a more compassionate and responsible society.