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TRUSTWORTHINESS

RESPECT

RESPONSIBILITY

FAIRNESS

CARING

CITIZENSHIP

These six core
ethical values
form the foundation of all Josephson
Institute programs and materials.

 
 

KnoxCharacterCounts.org

EMAIL CHARACTER COUNTS

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ABOUT USBE A FRIENDEVENTSSPORTS FOUNDATIONS FOR LIFECHARACTER STORIES CONTACT US

CHARACTER COUNTS! is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition. 

We are the nation's most widely used character-development framework, adopted by schools as well as youth, sports and civic organizations.  Our local chapter is part of a national grassroots initiative that has no ideological or political agenda other than strengthening the moral fiber of the next generation by promoting consensus ethical values.  We promote and support the development of the personal and organizational integration of the Six Pillars of Character throughout the community.


Mission

We want to create a community where the Six Pillars of Character are understood and seen in every segment of the City so that youth and adults in Knoxville will be continually reminded of the importance of good behavior.  Our vision is to elevate the quality of character throughout the city to enable Knoxville to become one of the best places in the country in which to live, to raise children, to go to school, and to conduct business.


Board of Directors

President - Donna Cobble

Barbara Arant
Dick Hinton
Mary Beth Maddox
Marty Iroff
Dr. Karen Sowers
Margaret Dye
Jennifer Gentry
Martha Masterson
Eston Williams
Cynthia Hudson
Tearsa Smith
Peggy Adkins
Gene Crabtree
Kate O’Day
Amy Fay Chandler


Six Pillars of Character

The Six Pillars of Character are ethical values to guide our choices. The standards of conduct that arise out of those values constitute the ground rules of ethics, and therefore of ethical decision-making.

There is nothing sacrosanct about the number six. We might reasonably have eight or 10, or more. But most universal virtues fold easily into these six. The number is not unwieldy and the Six Pillars of Character can provide a common lexicon. Why is a common lexicon necessary? So that people can see what unites our diverse and fractured society. So we can communicate more easily about core values. So we can understand ethical decisions better, our own and those of others. - Michael Josephson


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


Respect
• 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


Responsibility
• 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


Fairness
• 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


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


Citizenship
• Do your share to make your school and community better
• Cooperate
• Stay informed and vote
• Be a good neighbor
• Obey laws and rules
• Respect authority
• Protect the environment


RESOURCES

CHARACTER COUNTS! National Website - http://charactercounts.org/

CHARACTER COUNTS! School Agendas - http://www.ccschoolagendas.com/

Josephson Institute Website - http://josephsoninstitute.org/

Josephson Institute Center for Sports Ethics Website – http://josephsoninstitute.org/sports/

Good Character - http://www.goodcharacter.com/