Our Program - the specifics...

The elements of social justice through the
elimination of prejudice can only be solved when
students take control of their own lives...

First, we introduce the concept of "Work Ethic," and the importance this concept plays in the
outcomes within each of our lives. We then introduce the fundamental concept of
"what"  vs.
"who" they are. "What" they are is defined by their occupation, relationships, and related external
"Who" they are is defined by the values they adopt. This is the foundation of
"Self-responsibility," our second step.

Second, we introduce to concept "Self-responsibility." This concept opens the student to the
understanding that they alone are in control of their own thoughts, deeds, and actions. Once
internalized, excuses for non performance are no longer valid, and the student is provided with a
structure they can accept and live their lives within.

Third, as students understand they have freedom of choice, they must understand this freedom
carries responsibility, to themselves as well as others. We address this with the core values given
in our
"Top Ten Pillars of Character Education." These core values form the framework for positive
decision making - or, "Who" they are as individuals. Our program works well with Character
Counts pillars as well, though our program is much more comprehensive in scope.

Why do we have TEN pillars? Because we think that Work Ethic, Honesty, Courage, and
, the four pillars that aren't included in other programs are extremely important to
character development.

Fourth, with self-ownership and positive core values established, "Tolerance of Others" extends
this framework to include other individuals as well.

An optional bonus, but not mandatory for administering this program, use our
Discussion Modules (see "
Lesson Plans") for maximum impact.
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