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1 1 Core Virtues A Character Education Programme for ISKCON Schools

2 2 Highly Learned “When a person is highly educated and acts strictly on moral principles, he is called highly learned. A person conversant in different departments of knowledge is called educated, and because he acts on moral principles, he is called morally stout. Together, these two factors constitute learning.” NOD Ch.21

3 3 “ That is the general education. It doesn’t require that you have to learn some book immediately. No. First of all build your CHARACTER. - Bom April 13 `76

4 4 “So real education is how to train up one to have ideal character, to become a brahmana.” NY July 13 76

5 5 ValuesTargetValuesTarget

6 6 ValuesTargetValuesTarget

7 7 Truthfulness Satyam – truthfulness “Satyam, truthfulness, means that facts should be presented as they are, for the benefit of others. The truth should be spoken in a straight- forward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are. --- That is the definition of truth.” Bg. 10.4 purport

8 8 Honesty Integrity Justice Loyalty Trustworthiness Reliability Trust/Faith Understanding Truthfulness – supportive values Back

9 9 Self-control Damah – self-control “A person who can control his senses fully is called vasi, or self-controlled.” (NOD) “Control of the mind means detaching it from sense enjoyment.”

10 10 Commitment Confidence Courage Creativity Detachment Determination Diligence Enthusiasm Excellence Joyfulness Moderation Patience Peacefulness Perseverance Responsibility Self-discipline Tolerance Self control – supportive values Back

11 11 Compassion Kripa - anukampa A person who is unable to bear another’s distress is called compassionate. (NOD) Devotees are para dukha dukhi, they don’t like to see the suffering of others.

12 12 Compassion – supportive values Caring Consideration Cooperation Courtesy Forgiveness Friendliness Generosity Gentleness Helpfulness Humility Kindness Love Respect Service Unity Back

13 13 “There are two kinds of cleanliness: external and internal. External cleanliness means taking a bath, but for internal cleanliness one has to think of Krsna always and chant Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. This process cleans the accumulated dust of past karma from the mind.” Bg.13.8 Cleanliness Saucam – cleanliness

14 14 Chastity Simplicity Orderliness Purity Modesty Cleanliness – supportive values Back

15 15 “If one does not approach or is not able to approach, the transcendental service of the Lord, then the other nineteen items are of no particular value.” - Bhagavad-gita 13.8-12

16 16 Moral Knowing

17 17 Moral Feeling

18 18 Moral Doing

19 19 Activities to Cultivate Character 1.Through story 2.Verses 3.Sayings 4.Proverbs 5.Examples 6.Mentoring 7.Activities for all learning styles: - songs, posters, stories, role play, dramas, meditations, discussions 8.Everyday mention a virtue 9.Through behaviour management programme 10.Through literature 11.Current events in news

20 20 Activities to cultivate character cont… 12.Looking at issues in social studies 13.Ethical dilemmas in science and technology 14.Historical accounts in social studies 15.Character calendar of activities 16.Homework project on character trait for the week/month 17.Acknowledgements and teachable moments 18.Affirmations 19.Anecdotes 20.Video 21.Definitions 22.Discussion circles 23.Virtues in other languages 24.Bloom’s taxonomy 25.School journals 26.Poetry 27.Songs 28. Thinking Skills

21 21 “The preaching of the Bhagavatam principles will automatically render all men austere, clean both inside and outside, merciful to the suffering, and truthful in daily behavior. That is the way of correcting the flaws of human society, which are very prominently exhibited at the present moment.” SB 1.17.24

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