10 Good Reasons for Character Education
1. There is a clear and urgent need. Young people are in need of moral and spiritual renewal.
2. Transmitting values is the responsibility of civilization. A society needs values education both to survive and to thrive.
3. The school's roles as moral educator becomes even more vital at a time when millions of children get little moral teaching from their parents.
4. There is common ethical ground even in our value-conflicted society.
5. Democracies have a special need for moral education, because democracy is government by the people themselves.
6. There is no such thing as a value-free education. The relevant issue is never 'Should schools teach values?' but rather 'which values will they teach?' - and 'How well will they teach them?'
7. The great questions facing both the individual person and the human race are moral questions.
8. There is a broad-based, growing support for values education in the schools.
9. An unabashed commitment to moral education is essential if we are to attract and keep good teachers.
10. Character education is a doable job. Values education can be done within the school day and is happening now in school systems all across the country, making a positive difference in the moral attitudes and behavior of students.