|The Case For
The Role of
the School in Teaching Values
B. David Brooks, Ph.D. and Frank Goble
- In 1982, the Supreme Court acknowledged that "public
schools are vitally important vehicles for inculcating
- In 1994, the House and the Senate unanimously adopted a
joint resolution supporting character education.
- In 1995, the Department of Education said that schools
"may play an active role with respect to teaching civic values
The Case for Character Education is based on the premise that there
are six common religion-neutral "pillars" of character
(trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and
citizenship) which are universally accepted as being essential to
the furtherance of society. Authors B. David Brooks and Frank G.
Goble trace the history of character education back to the days when
everyone--the extended family, the neighborhood, the school and the
church--participated in helping raise children to become socially
responsible adults. That was before the turbulent 1960s when
families began disintegrating, neighbors bought into the 'code of
silence,' churches stopped teaching character out of a fear of
losing members, and schools dropped the subject, thinking that the
teaching of values was legal. We now know how much those changes
cost us all.
The Case for Character Education gives examples of schools that
have effective character education programs in place. Included among
a long list of accomplishments at those schools: fewer school yard
scuffles, overall improvement in student grades and teachers who are
more content. Furthermore, vandalism drops, tardiness and absences
decrease and a sense of school pride emerges. And all of these
factors combined make for a better, safer learning
environment--exactly what every parent, teacher and school
|176 pages - Paperback
ISBN: 1-882349-01-6 - $12.95
Table of Contents
1. Kids, Crime, and Character
2. The Global Perspective
3. Is Character Education Neglected?
4. The Separation of Church and State
5. Factors Influencing Character Education
6. Whose Values Should Be Taught?
7. Is Character Education Feasible?
8. How to Teach Character
9. Character Education: Where Are We Going From Here?
Appendix A: The Character Education Project
Appendix B: The Pittsburgh Study
Appendix C: What Makes Character Education Programs Work?
"An outstanding book which should be required reading for
everyone concerned about young people and their future success."
- Sanford N. McDonnell, Retired CEO of McDonnell Douglas
Corporation, Chairman of the Board of the Character Education
"The Case for Character Education is outstanding and should be
required reading for everyone concerned about young people and their
- Terrel H. Bell, Former U.S. Secretary of Education
"This book is a must read. [It includes] close-up reviews of
state laws, religion, the media, curriculum and best teaching
practices. The authors set character education in historical and
sociological perspective while they explore philosophical and
psychological connections. The result is a solid foundational text
from which those interested in implementing a comprehensive
character education program can formalize a rationale."
- Mary M. Williams, Ed.D., Professor of Education, University
of San Diego
"What we teach matters. In The Case for Character Education, the
authors bring lengthy experience, strong convictions and
considerable research to support the case for teaching character in
the schools. They include a number of useful examples of successful
efforts. It is clear that the programs they advocate have produced
- Laurent A. Parks Daloz, Ed.D., Professor, Lesley College ,
Co-author of Common Fire: Lives of commitment in a Complex World
"The Case for Character Education contains the most readable
review of the history of both Western and Easter character education
I have seen to date. It also advances several philosophical points
that are key to the YMCA's character development efforts. Values....
need to be taught in a systematic way. Agreeing on what values to
teach is not the impossible task...nor are common values dependent
upon religion for their definition or justification."
- Peggy Ketterer, Director, YMCA Values Project
"Check the records. All great failures in life are character
failures, and all complete successes are character-based. The Case
for Character Education is irrefutable. A much-needed work."
- Zig Ziglar, The Zig Ziglar Corporation
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