We gave our readers a one-word writing prompt: “character.”
True character is only formed over long periods of time.
There is a crisis of moral norms in America. The president is part symptom and part cause.
“We live differently than we say we live. There’s moral judgment all around.”
Cultivating character is the lifelong work of evaluating and choosing between various virtues. It's difficult, and it’s our calling.
Past efforts at "character education" have operated with a shallow understanding of character. The Expeditionary Learning model goes deeper.
Reading David Brooks sometimes makes me want to tear my newspaper to shreds, throw the shreds in the fireplace, and douse them in something that burns even faster. Of course, my fireplace is decorative and my newspaper’s actually a laptop, so I control myself. Brooks would approve. He likes self-control.