Character Education: Six Pillars of Character


Definition – worthy of confidence; reliable

• Be honest
• Don’t deceive, cheat or steal from others
• Be reliable
• Have the courage to do the right thing
• Build a good reputation
• Be loyal-stand by your family and friends


Definition – to have deferential regard for, to treat with consideration; a just regard for and appreciation of worth, honor, and esteem

• Treat others with respect
• Be tolerant of differences
• Use good manners
• Be considerate of the feelings of others
• Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone
• Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements


Definition – the state of being accountable, ability to meet obligations or to act without superior authority

• Do what you are suppose 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


Definition –showing no prejudice or favoritism

• 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


Definition – to have or show regard, interest, of concern as respecting some person, thing, or event

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



Definition – the status of being a citizen with its rights and duties

• 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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