The Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility), located in SUNY Cortland's School of Education, was founded in 1994 by education professor and psychologist Dr. Thomas Lickona. Its mission is to promote the development of performance character and moral character—excellence and ethics—in schools, families, and communities. Its staff includes Dr. Lickona, director and Marthe Seales, office manager. It has trained more than 25,000 educators and parents from 40 states and 26 countries.
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How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude and a Happier Family in the Bargain by Thomas Lickona (Penguin, April, 2018). Available at www.thomaslickona.com.
"If we practice Dr. Lickona’s wise, proven, warm advice, we will raise a generation of thriving, kind-hearted kids who want to better the world. What better legacy could there be?" —Michele Borba, author, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
Nova Science Publishers, 2014
"Educating for Character in the Sexual Domain:
A Comparison of Risk Avoidance and Risk Reduction Approaches to Sex Education"
PowerPoint presentation for the Integral Health Forum of Children and Adolescents, March 1, 2018. This complements Peabody Journal article below.
Character Education Resource
Yes Pa shows kids the secret of a happy life — and how to become the author of their own life story. Author Fred W. Sarkis shares the lessons that transformed his life when he was a poor child with a bad attitude, who was bullied because of his skin color. These life-changing lessons helped him gain confidence, persevere, & overcome great adversity. Fred's not-for-profit Foundation provides a free character education program widely used in schools, corrections facilities, and mentoring programs. 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 we avoid anger and accusations, maintain mutual respect, and, if necessary,
“agree to disagree” when discussing sensitive issues? See this just-released “Tolerance of Diversity of Conscience” video, developed by St. Mary’s University of Minnesota with input from SUNY Cortland’s Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility).
by Thomas Lickona
"Battling Pornography: The Power of Media Literacy and Character Development," presented at “Character Education and Digital Lifestyles” Conference, Rome, Italy; October, 2016.
PowerPoint presentation that complements the above paper, "Battling Pornography."
In this issue, read all about GOOD CHARACTER TRAINING (Respect & Responsibility). Today, many school kids are learning to be smart in school subjects. They are also training or practicing how to be good people. Mini Page activities meet many state and national educational standards.