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by Ron Kurtus (revised 24 April 2012)

The following material are websites, books and other resources on character issues.


The Gift of Virtues - Lessons on character development of young children

Character Counts - A nonprofit coalition of schools, communities and nonprofit organizations working to advance character education by teaching the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship

Character Education Partnership (CEP) - A nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing moral character and civic virtue in our nation's youth as one means of creating a more compassionate and responsible society

Cornerstone Values - Website of the New Zealand Foundation for Character Education

Josephson Institute of Ethics - Organization promoting character and ethics

A Celebration of Spiritt - Laws of Life from John Marks Templeton

Character Education - List of university articles from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University

Ethics - Topics include Business Ethics, Government Ethics and Technology Ethics from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University

Character Education Lessons - Low cost information for teachers and students

Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom -



Core Virtues: A Literature-Based Program in Character Education by Mary Beth Klee; Link Inst (2000) $25.00

Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories by William J. Bennett (Editor); Simon & Schuster (1993) - Best-seller edited by former Secretary of Education

Honesty and Integrity

Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth by Brad Blanton; Sparrow Hawk Publications (2005) $15.00

Absolute Honesty: Building a Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk and Rewards Integrity by Larry Johnson, Bob Phillips; AMACOM; (2003) $27.95

Integrity by Stephen L. Carter; Harper Perennial (1997) $14.00

The Power of Integrity: Building a Life Without Compromise by John F., Jr. MacArthur; Crossway Books (1997) $12.99

Integrity Works: Strategies for Becoming a Trusted, Respected and Admired Leader by Dana Telford, Adrian Gostick; Gibbs Smith Publisher (2005) $18.95

The Flake Filter: How to Handle the Unreliable People Who Waste Your Time by Toby W. Unwin; Element Limited Corp. (2003) $19.95

Courage and Bravery

Courage by Bernard Waber; Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books (2002) $12.00 - Book on courage for children ages 4-8

Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life by John McCain, Marshall Salter; Random House (2004) $16.95 - Former prisoner-of-war Senator John McCain gives his views on courage

Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously (Paperback) by Osho; St. Martin's Griffin (1999) $11.95

Brave: Be Ready and Victory's Easy, a Story About Social Anxiety by Marjie Braun Knudsen and Jenne R. Henderson PhD; Summertime Press (2008) $11.95

Young people

Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember by John McCain, Mark Salter; Random House (2005) $23.95 - Former prisoner-of-war Senator John McCain gives his views on the importance of character

The Men They Will Become: The Nature and Nurture of Male Character by Eli Newberger, M.D.; Perseus Publishing (2000) $18.50

Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories by William Kilpatrick; Touchstone (1994) $14.00



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