The School Administrator

May 1998Promoting GoodnessEtzioni, Barber, Bennett on character education in schools

Features

  • The Centrality of Character Education

    by PAUL D. HOUSTON


    AASA’s executive director, in an overview to the essays on character education that follow, suggests the core mission of public schools always has been to promote civic virtue.

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  • The Apprenticeship of Liberty: Schools for Democracy

    by BENJAMIN R. BARBER


    For democracy to thrive, civic literacy deserves a place alongside science, math and English, argues the Walt Whitman professor of political science at Rutgers University.

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  • A Tale of Three Chairs

    by JIM CARNES


    The director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project says the most progressive work in schools today is aimed explicitly at building community.

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  • Ethics and Freedom

    by SANFORD N. MCDONNELL

    The former CEO of McDonnell Douglas sees an essential role for schools in restoring the core values of our American heritage. Also: The Character Education Partnership’s 11 principles of effective character education in schools.

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  • Breeding Citizenship Through Community in School

    by ERIC SCHAPS AND CATHERINE C. LEWIS


    The leadership of the Developmental Studies Center offers three qualities that are basic to fostering good citizens among school-age youth. Eric Schaps is president of the Developmental Studies Center, Oakland, Calif. Catherine Lewis is a senior researcher with the center.

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  • The Bridge to Civility: Empathy, Ethics and Service

    by SHELDON H. BERMAN


    Developing a social consciousness in the young means engaging them in meaningful activity, says the superintendent in Hudson, Mass. Also: Author's recommended resources.

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  • On a Character Education Inventory

    by AMITAI ETZIONI


    How schools deal with grades, sports and minor infractions has much to say about the direction of character development, says Amitai Etzioni, director of George Washington University’s Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, Washington, D.C., and the founder of the Communitarian Network.

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  • The Place to Harvest Patriots

    by William J. Bennett

    The former U.S. education secretary says America’s founders recognized the highest priority of education was in cultivating honor, truth and integrity. William Bennett is co-director of Empower America, Washington, D.C.

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  • Resources on character education


    School leaders interested in obtaining more information about character education program appropriate for elementary and secondary schools may wish to consult the following resource centers and current books and materials. Those below were suggested by the authors who contributed to this issue of The School Administrator.

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Profile

    Barbara Grohe by JAY GOLDMAN


    Superintendent, Iowa City Community School District, Iowa City, Iowa

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    Departments

    Focus

    Better Flexibility, Tighter Curriculum Available in Trimester Plan by BOB MILLER


    Principal, Forest City High School, Forest City, Iowa

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    Focus

    A Client-Based System for Superintendent Evaluations by DON SENTI and LINDA H. SMITH



    Superintendent, School District of Clayton, Clayton, Mo., and Linda Smith, president, Board of Education, Clayton, Mo.

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    Guest Column

    Getting at the Roots of Superintendent Burnout by BARBARA K. GIVEN



    Director of regulatory policy, Vermont Public Service Board, Montpelier, Vt.

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    President's Corner

    ‘The Only Investment That Never Fails’ by Karl V. Hertz


    President, AASA

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    Focus

    Overcoming Burnout and Mistrust in Times of Change by YVONNE KATZ



    Superintendent, Beaverton School District, Beaverton, Ore.

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    Focus

    Learning Styles May Answer Meddlesome School Board Members by BARBARA K. GIVEN


    Associate professor of education, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

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    Guest Column

    Where’s the Accountability in Education Reform? by DON FUHR


    Professor of educational leadership, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.


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    Executive Perspective

    School Reform or Reform School? by PAUL D. HOUSTON


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