Item description for Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues by Thomas Lickona...
Overview The author introduces his Character Education program, designed to give parents and teachers the essential tools and strategies for raising responsible, conscientious, and compassionate children.
Publishers Description Don't Let Our Kids Flunk Life The novelist Walker Percy once observed, "Some people get all As but flunk life." Succeeding in life takes character. In "Character Matters, " award-winning psychologist-educator Thomas Lickona offers more than 100 practical strategies that parents and schools have used to help kids build strong personal character as the foundation for a purposeful, productive, and fulfilling life. Lickona shows how irresponsible and destructive behavior can invariably be traced to the absence of good character and its 10 essential qualities: wisdom, justice, fortitude, self-control, love, a positive attitude, hard work, integrity, gratitude, and humility. He lays out a blueprint for building these core virtues through a partnership shared by families, schools, and communities. Chapters include:
14 strategies that help kids succeed academically while building character
More than a dozen character-building discipline strategies
20 ways to prevent peer cruelty and promote kindness
10 ways to talk to teens about sex, love, and character The culmination of a lifetime's work in character education, this landmark book gives us the tools we need to raise respectful and responsible children, create safe and effective schools, and build the caring and decent society in which we all want to live.
Citations And Professional Reviews Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues by Thomas Lickona has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 01/01/2004 page 148
Publishers Weekly - 12/01/2003 page 48
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 10, 2004
ISBN 0743245075 ISBN13 9780743245074
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More About Thomas Lickona
Thomas Lickona is a developmental psychologist and professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he directs the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (respect and responsibility). The recipient of the Sandy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Character Education Partnership, he is the author of "Educating for Character, " which has been called "the bible of the character education movement."
Thomas Lickona currently resides in Cortland, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues?
Good Ideas Clouded By Over-Reaching Moral Judgment Jul 22, 2007
While this book started off strong, with great definitions and explorations of character, the author goes off on some specific tangents that disrupt from the books central theme and detract from the message. While the author is entitled to his position on abortion, he takes for granted that all people must feel the same way, and spends time on at how many weeks fetal heartbeat is detected to further his position. Interesting in an anti-abortion book, but came out of left field in the chapter he was writing here. Similarly, he takes for granted that all parents naturally want to teach their children that masturbation is immoral, and suggests that if your teen self-identifies as homosexual that you should try to take them to a psychiatrist to get that fixed. Again, a lot of parents might feel this way, but he makes assumptions and then goes off on tangents. He also uses some questionable data and doesn't support some of his statistics with verifiable sources. For example, he says that homosexual young women are at a higher risk for STDs than heterosexual women (completely untrue) He obviously supports abstinence-based sex education in schools, but doesn't talk about the studies that show that teens who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are more likely to substitute high-risk behaviors that lead to STDs (Journal of Adolescent Health) and are less prepared to handle temptation when they are asked to use willpower alone to manage the risks that can be consequences of adolescent hormones. I started off loving this book, and dog-eared and high-lighted several pages in the first few chapters, and ignored the first few questionable statistics and tangents, but it got worse and worse, until I felt uncomfortable continuing to read it, like I was reading a parenting book by Jerry Falwell. One character-building book I'd recommend instead is Character Building Activities For Kids.
A+ for Thomas Lickona Jun 29, 2007
As a graduate student going into the field of school counseling, I found this book extremely interesting and useful. Of all the books I have been assigned to read for classes, this one is by far the best. The ideas and activities Thomas Lickona has come up with for building character and morality in students is phenominal. His ideas are so creative yet simple at the same time. They are also realistic and very diverse for all ages. If you are in the field of education, a parent, or someone just interested in this topic, this book is a MUST! I believe if all educators looked at character education the way Thomas Lickona does we could make a positive difference in our children today.
Character Matters is our school's book club selection. Nov 8, 2006
Our school's Site Based Team is in the process of doing something related to Dr. Lickona's book "Character Matters" that we think is exciting. Organized around the "book club" theme, we have been promoting the book as something we think is worth having parents and staff read. Since June of last year, we have sold close to 160 copies of the book; we also have a set of five available to borrow from the school library. This endeavor will culminate with an evening with Dr. Lickona in November, where he facilitates a book talk and takes questions from the audience. We're expecting in excess of 200 parents and educators in attendance, and are quite excited to see where this takes us in our character education initiative. As we were with his previous work, "Raising Good Children", we are indebted to Dr. Lickona for his commitment to promoting good character.
Robert Storrier, Principal Enders Road Elementary School, Manlius, NY
Making Character Come Alive Nov 2, 2006
Our school district began a Character Education initiative three years ago. I am the Coordinator of the project. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to include our entire community but were not sure where to begin. I was fortunate enough to learn about Dr. Tom Lickona's book, Character Matters. After reading the book, I was even more committed to our project. We purchased a book for every employee to read and have used Dr. Lickona's teachings through this book, as a step-by-step guide in implementing Character in Action in Wisconsin. After our first year, we made the decision to host a two-day Character Education Conference for all educators in the Midwest. Dr. Lickona was one of our keynote speakers AND every conference participant received Character Matters in their conference bag. It was the best gift we could give to other educators wanting to know more about character education. I highly recommend this book to anyone, educator, parent or community leader, who is striving to make a difference in our world and wishes to do so the right way!
Please read this book! Jul 18, 2006
I wish this book would be required reading for every school administrator, teacher, and parent. I have been a public school educator for 25 years. I am also a parent and a grandparent. I found this book to be extremely refreshing in a time where "No Child Left Behind" has taken us too far in the wrong direction. Yes, we want to set high academic expectations for our children and yes, we do want accountability. But what good are high test scores if there is more cheating, dishonesty, cynicism, and disrespect for others? This book, along with many others on Character Education, is a call back to common sense in education: Let's not only raise our expectations for academic achievement, but also for honesty, integrity, responsibility, work ethic, and respect for others. The current NCLB legislation (with its emphasis on high stakes testing) has taken the focus away from educating the whole child. Current education research shows this is not best practice; this is not in the best interest of the child or of our society! This book provides inspiration and hope for educating the whole child. It provides many practical suggestions and ideas for making our homes, schools, and communities a much more civil place to live and learn. If educators, legislators, and parents would read this book and put it's ideas into practice, we would be making a positive difference!