The Twelve Guiding Principles of Character Education
|LOYALTY vs. Unfaithfulness vs. Blind faith
Faithful, especially to one's friends, family, team, or country; true to a promise or duty.
RESPONSIBLE vs. Unreliability
RESPECTFUL vs. Disrespectful
HONEST vs. Untruthful
ADAPTABLE vs. Rigid
INITIATIVE vs. Doing only what you are told
PERSEVERANCE vs. Giving up
TRUSTWORTHY vs. Unreliable
COURAGE vs. Paralyzed by fear
OPTIMISM vs. Negative, defeatist
COMPASSION vs. Cold-hearted, uncaring, unconcerned with the
feelings or needs of others
CONTEMPLATION vs. Irrational, prone to rash or hasty decisions
The Counting on Character program revolves around the Twelve Guiding Principles outlined by Dr. Martin Marrazo of the International Center for Leadership in Education. The Twelve Principles are a set of twelve character traits that enjoy universal acceptance in American society. Teaching the Twelve Principles is the minimum objective of the Counting on Character program. Taken together they represent the basic elements of good character.
The Twelve Guiding Principles can be divided into four groups:
The six confidence principles are internal to the person. They represent the decision making matrix of an individual of good character. They are not directly observed in a person, they are seen through their physical manifestations when a person takes positive action. Positive action occurs when a person does a physical act or makes a mental decision regarding a policy of action.
The other character words feed the Twelve Guiding Principles; they refine and broaden the scope of the program. They serve to highlight specific areas of character that need to be developed and practiced for a person to advance on their journey toward better character. These other character words are related to one or more of the Twelve Guiding Principles. When a student practices them, they are also practicing one or more of the Guiding Principles.
The Twelve Guiding Principles of Exceptional Character The process of becoming a person of Good Character is a lifelong journey that must be practiced and reinforced each day. We are on a constant journey toward becoming a person of higher or lesser character. Where are you today?