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Breaking Into the Heart of Character, 3rd Edition

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Are you ready to move from ethical conversation to ethical action? 


Twenty-first century moral education is moving past the 1980s and 90s. We’ve done too much talk about character, not enough action, and less to help young people feel like acting with the good of others in mind. The moral failures that made the headlines over the past decade did not take place because the guilty parties didn’t know the right thing to do, or because they did not know how to do the right thing. Too many ethical lapses took place, and take place, because someone just did not feel like acting for the common good.

Breaking into the Heart of Character outlines a compelling case with documented strategies that get past the talk and improve the action. It focuses on our ability to catalyze internal motivation, social growth and moral climates in both schools and families. The material in this book aims at the heart of the matter, where the desire to “do good” resides, where self-regulation is the norm, where both academic and character motivation take root. Most importantly, the practices outlined here can be implemented by every teacher, in every class, every day. 

NEW! Available as an ebook for Kindle (.mobi) and iPad/iPhone/iBooks and Nook (.ePub)

  • 112 pages
  • Published by CSEE
  • Printed in 2015



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"Mr. Streight's work should be required reading for administrators, educators, and parents looking to develop their children to be independent, morally sound, and competent individuals."
- 2013 Book Review, Teach2Connect Blog

"Our entire faculty from PK through 12th grade took time to read Breaking into the Heart of Character as a summer reading book. We found it approachable, well researched and relevant. Most useful has been having language to discuss what motivates kids - academically and, more importantly, on the character front. When we look internally at ourselves and at what motivates us as professionals and productive community members, we can't help but recognize how much sense the self-determination theory makes. Our charge and challenge now becomes: what role do we play in promoting a sense of autonomy, relatedness and competence in our classrooms? I have found myself referring to the book many times when talking to parents and teachers; as we explore what motivates our children to be the best they can and to make good choices, this age old question seems to be more relevant than ever and thank goodness there is now a user-friendly resource for how to frame it."
- Katie Signer, Brunswick School (March 2014)



[Subject: Moral Development and Character Education]

[Subject: School Culture]
[User Group: Administration, Parents, Teachers]


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