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The six pillars of character - what our kids learn and we forget

Last updated 6 years ago

School let out for the summer on Friday so when I got home I reviewed my daughter's report card and a huge folder of her work.  One of the first items was a sheet and accompanying essay on the six pillars of character. I think it's pretty cool that they study things like this in 4th grade, as well as variety of methodologies for brainstorming and innovating. Anyway, given my last post about core values I thought it was an interesting coincicence to see this list and couldn't help but feel that I missed a few things.  Below is the summary of the sheet since it's been photocopied so many times it's hard to read.  Take a look and think about how you exemplify these things both personally and professionally.  


Be honest.  Don't deceive, cheat, or steal.  Be reliable - do what you say you'll do.  Have courage to do the right thing. Build a good reputation.  Be loyal - stand by your family, friends and country.


Treat others with respect.  Follow the Golden Rule. Be tolerant and accepting of differences. Use good manners, not bad language. Be considerate of the feelings of others. Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone. Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements.


Do what you're supposed to do. Plan ahead. Persevere: keep on trying! Always do your best. Use self-control. Be self-disciplined. Think before you act - consider the consequences. Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes. Set a good example for others.


Play by the rules. Take turns and share. Be open-minded; listen to others. Don't take advantage of others. Don't blame others carelessly. Treat all people fairly.


Be kind. Be compassionate and show you care. Express gratitude. Forgive others. Help people in need.


Do your part to make your school and community better. Cooperate. Get involved in community affairs. Stay informed; vote. Be a good neighbor. Obey laws and rules. Respect authority. Protect the environment. Volunteer.

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