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Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your
With that anonymously authored poem, Thomas Lickona, author of Educating for Character, opened his talk at the character education conference, "At Our Best: Moral Lives in a Moral Community," held at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics last year.
Although the Center explores some of today's most complicated
ethical issues with a variety of
This Issues in Ethics looks at that question from a variety of perspectives. We are fortunate to have articles from two of the foremost scholars in this area, William Damon and Kevin Ryan, based on their presentations at the Center conference.
Damon, professor of education at Stanford University and director
of the Stanford Center on Adolescence, discusses how schools
and communities can work together to build character in his
piece, "When Inappropriate
Behavior Is Just Plain Wrong." Ryan, director of the
Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character and emeritus
professor of education at Boston
The Center's own Steve Johnson, director of character education, describes our approach to character education in a conversation with Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson. And Miriam Schulman, the Center's communication director, addresses "The Challenge Problem," a more personal look at whether schools inadvertently set children up to violate the norms of academic integrity.
The Center deals with moral development on a daily basis through
vehicles described in "Programs
in Character Education." More information is available
on the Web at http://www.scu.edu/SCU/Centers/Ethics/practicing/