Is the nation's most widely used character development framework.
Is used in schools, youth, sports, civic and community organizations.
Is based on shared beliefs and consensus values called the "Six Pillars of Character" that transcend cultural, socioeconomic and religious differences.
THE SIX PILLARS OF CHARACTER
Be honest Don't deceive, cheat or steal Be reliable -- do what you say you'll do Have the 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 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 are supposed to do 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 choices
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
Be kind Be compassionate and show you care Express gratitude Forgive others Help people in need
Do your share to make your school and community better Cooperate Stay informed; vote Be a good neighbor Obey laws and rules Respect authority Protect the environment
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