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Character Education

Cultivating good character is an important part of a child's education at home, at school and in the community. Many UPF chapters offer lessons in classrooms or train teachers and administrators in character education or peace education.

This book by Dr. Helen LeGette is recommended by one of the premier character educators in the United States, Dr. Philip Fitch Vincent, who says it is probably the best general all-around guide to parenting with character in mind.

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Helsinki, Finland - Members, guests and Ambassadors for Peace gathered at UPF’s Finnish headquarters September 6 and 7, 2008 to study and discuss education in the areas of character development and human relationships.

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José Rosado, author of Being Good at Being Bad, grew up in “rat- and roach-infested” projects on the south side of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was the son of an alcoholic father; yet his early childhood years were blissfully unaware of the pressures his environment placed on him.

In his teenage years, he was not so fortunate. Drugs, underage drinking, school difficulties and fighting became part of his expression of anger. He became “good at being bad”.

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Los Angeles, USA - The Los Angeles Times (8/26, Rivera) reported on St. Genevieve High School, which "has gained a reputation as one of the most innovative high schools in Los Angeles." The school provides "classes in Mandarin, overseas trips to China and France," and "fitness instruction that includes salsa and tai chi." It also has a policy of closing "for a week each year for a teachers retreat to discuss educational goals," and "to foster cooperation and trust."

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In January 2008 I was suddenly presented with the opportunity to teach Discovering the Real Me in a high school class in the US entitled “Relationships”. The students were all seniors with the exception of five students, one of whom was an exchange student from Siberia.

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Castries, St. Lucia - "Should we have sex before marriage?" was the topic one day at a camp in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia. The debate became so passionate that the facilitators in charge of this discussion group had a hard time trying to keep the verbal exchanges among the secondary school students respectful and peaceful.

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Chicago, USA - The theme and title of the National Convocation of the American Clergy Leadership Conference, held in Chicago from May 29-31, was “ Rebuild the Family, Restore the Community, Renew the Nation and the World.” Character education was introduced as an innovative way to address these concerns. Well-attended, the closing banquet and awards ceremony brought together over 400 local ministers.

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José Rosado, author of Being Good at Being Bad, grew up in “rat- and roach-infested” projects on the south side of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was the son of an alcoholic father, yet his early childhood years were blissfully unconscious of the pressures his environment placed on him.

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A five-day camp promoting character education was held in Barrouallie from July 30–August 3 at the Barrouallie Multi-Purpose Academy.

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On my last full day in Jamaica, I was chatting with a lady on the bus. She asked how we were enjoying our stay and was curious to know if we’d gotten to Negril and Montego Bay to enjoy the beaches. When I explained that we really were in Jamaica to teach character education, she said, “Welcome, welcome, welcome to Jamaica!”

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Our team was sent to Trinidad and Tobago for our character education internship with the Universal Peace Federation. We were to teach character education at St. Joseph’s Primary School and Sealots Community School July 2-27, 2008.

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What follows is my report on the Summer Institute for Character Education at the State University of New York in Cortland June 30 to July 2, 2008. I highlight the key points of each session as I understand and remember them. I also include a book list and a brief reflection.

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