Governor Robert D. Ray: A Champion of CHARACTER COUNTS!

It’s with a heavy heart that we share the news that Governor Robert D. Ray has passed away earlier this week. Governor Robert D. Ray played a major role in bringing the CHARACTER COUNTS! program to Iowa which is now headquartered at The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University. The Character Counts‘ team sends our deepest regards to the Ray family …

Presidential National Character Counts Week Proclamation

Happy CHARACTER COUNTS! Week We hope you take the opportunity this week to reflect on the Six Pillars of Character and how you can improve yourself and your community! Below find both the President’s CHARACTER COUNTS! Week proclamation below: Presidential CHARACTER COUNTS! Week Proclamation Additionally, read the Senate’s CHARACTER COUNTS! Week proclamation here.

Michael Josephson spreads the Character Counts message in South America!

Michael Josephson recently traveled to Colombia and Bolivia to spread the Character Counts movement! Some highlights include meeting the famous La Paz Zebras in Bolivia which garnered a full two page spread in a major newspaper!  Michael also had two TV and one radio interview about bringing Character Counts to Bolivia. Michael also spent an incredible day at Saint Andrews school in …

COMMENTARY: Working to Teach Character Together

When I talk to parents and teachers about the role of schools in teaching character someone usually points out that character development is and should be the primary concern of parents. Who can argue with that? Many of the attitudes and habits that make up character are learned at home. But they’re learned elsewhere as well — on the school …

WORTH READING: THE ASPEN DECLARATION. In July 1992, the Josephson Institute of Ethics hosted a summit in Aspen, Colorado bringing together ethicists, educators and youth-service professionals to identify shared ethical values that could be the foundation of character education programs. The result was the Aspen Declaration, the seminal document for the CHARACTER COUNTS! movement which presently engages about 7 million children and families worldwide. (click to see the Declaration)

Click to see 12′ x 25′ mural by Nadi Spencer at Monson Sultana School in Tulare County, CA