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Fundamentals is a program designed to explore and extend the world of values through a child’s eye. It is also designed to enhance the range of Character Education materials educators currently use. With a series of whimsical stories about people and animals, students will be further exposed to the treasure trove of values needed to create a rich life, colored with quality and meaning. The Golden Rule rides high in these books!

After teaching at the elementary, secondary, and college (student teachers) levels (in the US and abroad), I heard the growing call for more development in the area of basic life values. We all learn them at home, in school, or in the community, but tend to neglect to practice them. Further, if introduced, and applied, they sometimes lack reinforcement, leaving simple knowledge sans experience.

According to Dr. Kagan…

The Structural Approach to Character Development

As we look at today’s youth, we are confronted with a sobering realization: they do not have the virtues we once could assume. If we go back in time half a century, as we handed something to a student we would hear a polite “Thank you.” “Yes sir” and “Please” were part of every student’s everyday vocabulary. If the teacher was cleaning a blackboard or carrying books they could expect to hear from students a kind, “May I help you.” Honesty, responsibility, kindness, and a host of other virtues were almost universal.

Today’s youth are different. Not only is simple politeness missing; many students of today do not ascribe to the basic virtues of honesty, respect, caring, or hard work.

Kagan, S. The Structural Approach to Character Development. San Clemente, CA: Kagan Publishing. Kagan Online Magazine, Winter 2000. http://www.KaganOnline.com

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I’m thrilled to begin this journey into the world of creating educational materials for students, teachers and parents! I welcome your comments and suggestions as I introduce my ideas and open up the desperately needed conversation about everyone’s character development.

Peace, Debra Tiffany