Selected Resources

Rushworth Kidder of the Institute for Global Ethics recommends the following resources related to his article. He describes them as nonpartisan and nonsectarian in nature.

* Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at Boston University.
The nation’s first center of ethics and character to focus on the education of teachers. Home of the Kevin Ryan Library for Ethics and Education, housing a collection of scholarship in moral education and ethics, both classical and contemporary, a video library and practical resources in character education.


* Center for the 4th and 5th Rs at the SUNY Cortland.
Offers summer programs for teachers based on Director Tom Lickona’s 1991 book Educating for Character: How Our Schools Can Teach Respect and Responsibility. Created the “12-Point Comprehensive Approach to Character Education” that includes moral knowing, moral feeling, and moral action.


* The Character Education Partnership in Washington, D.C.
The leading coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing moral character and civic virtue in the nation's youth. Created the Eleven Principles of Character Education, directs the annual National Schools of Character awards and publishes Character Educator, a quarterly newsletter.


* Institute for Global Ethics in Camden, Maine.
Offers Ethical Fitness seminars for educators based on its Building Decision Skills and Elementary Decision Skills curriculum. Publishes Ethics Newsline, a free weekly Web-based periodical covering breaking news on ethics, with instructional guides available.


* Josephson Institute of Ethics in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Sponsors the Character Counts Coalition, an alliance of human-service and educational organizations working to strengthen the character of young people. Offers training sessions, community forums and curricular materials around its “Six Pillars of Character.” Established the American Youth Character Awards.


* “Taking Responsibility: Standards for Ethical and Responsible Behavior in Maine Schools and Communities,” produced by the Maine Department of Education, Augusta, Maine.
The most recent comprehensive report on character education in the nation. Created by a statewide commission to give practical guidance to schools and communities for establishing, practicing, and assessing values-based education. Useful chapters on “Identifying Community Values,” “Hallmarks of an Ethical and Responsible School Culture” and “Best Practices.”