When we talk about character we are referring to the moral values (or virtues) that a person demonstrates in action. Character is the way we think, feel and behave. It is recognising what is right and doing what is right.
Everyone can develop, practice and grow important moral (recognising) and performance (doing) values in themselves and cultivate them in others.
Character education is the teaching of core values that are needed to keep our society running harmoniously and grow successfully. It enables children and adults in a school community to understand, care about and act on core ethical values.
ShareTree has adopted 120 character qualities that feature in our programs and our day-to- day lives. For example, lead virtues include purposefulness, hope, truthfulness, love, respect, mindfulness, wisdom, trustworthiness, compassion, courage, tolerance and self-discipline.
At the heart of character education is the idea is that students and adults actively work together to create a better society through shared ethical values.