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Center for the 4th and 5th Rs

International Federation for Family Development LogoTom Lickona's "Raising Kind Kids" keynote at the London 2019 Global Conference of the International Federation of Family Development.

The Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility), in SUNY Cortland's School of Education, was founded in 1994 by education professor and psychologist Dr. Thomas Lickona. Its mission is to promote character development in schools, families, and communities.The Center defines character as “consisting of strengths of mind (such as practical wisdom), heart (such as empathy and compassion), will (such as determination and courage), and skill (competence to translate mind, heart, and will into actions that benefit self and others)”. Its staff includes Dr. Lickona, director and Marthe Seales, office manager.

More Books by Dr. Thomas Lickona

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Character-Based Sex Education

Heart image home page10 Emotional Dangers of Premarital Sex
and 10 Rewards of Waiting 

The Chastity Project gives effective strategies for men to win daily battles and to obtain lasting freedochastity project image cropped3m and victory in the war against lust. On his blog, Jason Evert interviews special guests and delivers straight answers to tough questions submitted by listeners.

"Battling Pornography: The Power of Media Literacy and Character Development,presented at “Character Education and Digital Lifestyles” Conference, Rome, Italy;  October, 2016. PowerPoint presentation for the above paper, "Battling Pornography."

"Educating for Character Peabody Journal of Ed. cover
in the Sexual Domain"
Peabody Journal of Education
Vol. 88, Issue 2 (research and best practices)

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Abstinence Education in Context: History, Evidence, Premises, and Comparison to Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Nova Science Publishers, 2014

More resources on Character-Based Sex Education

The Center is grateful to the John Templeton Foundation for its past support, and to the Sanford N. McDonnell Foundation and Dr. Hal Urban for their ongoing support.

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Resources for schools
and teachers
Helping schools, teachers,
and parents develop good
character in youth.

Yes Pa bookNearly 2,000 schools in the US and beyond have embraced the free Yes Pa: Lessons in Character program for middle school students, youthful offenders, and mentoring programs. Author Fred W. Sarkis shares the lessons that transformed his life when he was a poor child with a bad attitude and was bullied because of his skin color. The Yes Pa book, a Teacher Guide, and a Corrections Guide are available without charge at www.YesPa.org. 

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Tolerance of Diversity of Conscience  How can maintain mutual respect when discussing sensitive issues?  See this 15-minute “Tolerance of Diversity of Conscience” video developed by St. Mary’s University of MN and the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs.

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Findings from the Narnian Virtues Character Education program

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NarniaDownload free resources on the Narnian Virtues Curriculum.

UK Character Project:

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 "There is no more important human quest than the Jubilee Centre's undertaking—how to foster good character in every area of our personal and public lives."   —Tom Lickona

The Center's Global Outreach
Tom Lickona in Taiwan