Character Counts

Character Counts

character counts

The Six Pillars of Character are ethical values to guide our choices. The standards of conduct that arise out of those values constitute the ground rules of ethical decision-making.

The Creekside community will focus on one pillar every other month. Members of the Creekside community can earn a paw to be hung on the appropriate pillar in our building by modeling these standards of conduct. At the end of the character month, one student who earned a paw from each class will be drawn for a special snack with Mr. Walsh, as well as their photo taken for the local paper.

These six core ethical values form the foundation of the CHARACTER COUNTS! youth-ethics initiative.

• Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule
• Be tolerant of differences
• Use good manners, not bad language
• Be considerate of the feelings of others
• Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone
• Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements
• Do what you are supposed to do
• Persevere: keep on trying!
• Always do your best
• Use self-control
• Be self-disciplined
• Think before you act - consider the consequences
• Be accountable for your choices
• Be kind
• Be compassionate and show you care
• Express gratitude
• Forgive others
• Help people in need
• Be honest
• Don't deceive, cheat or steal
• Be reliable - do what you say you'll do
• Have the courage to do the right thing
• Build a good reputation
• Be loyal - stand by your family, friends and country
• Play by the rules
• Take turns and share
• Be open-minded; listen to others
• Don't take advantage of others
• Don't blame others carelessly
• Do your share to make your school and community better
• Cooperate
• Stay informed; vote
• Be a good neighbor
• Obey laws and rules
• Respect authority
• Protect the environment

Given the concern many voice over the state of society, finding verbal support for CHARACTER COUNTS! is not terribly difficult. But agreeing that the world should change is one thing; it's quite another to convince people, from the householder to the House Speaker, that there's a way to make it happen - by acknowledging the ethical values that bind us and teaching them rigorously to the young.

A portion of this information was taken from the Josephson Institute of Ethics website.