MFL MarMac Middle and High Schools are participants in the CHARACTER COUNTS!SM character development initiative developed by the Josephson Institute of Ethics and administered in Iowa by the Institute for Character Development at Drake University.
What CHARACTER COUNTS!SM is...
CHARACTER COUNTS!SM is the nation's most widely used character development framework, adopted by schools as well as youth, sports and civic organizations. It is based on shared beliefs and consensus values ("The Six Pillars of Character") concerning qualities and traits associated with good character.What CHARACTER COUNTS!SM is not...
CHARACTER COUNTS!SM is a national partnership of more than 700 national, regional and local organizations committed to the strategies and joined together in a collaborative effort to imrove the character of young people. The CHARACTER COUNTS!SM Coalition was founded and is administered by the Board of Governors of the Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics, a 501(C)3 tax-exempt nonprofit corporation.
CHARACTER COUNTS!SM is nonpartisan - it has no idealogical or political agenda other than strengthening the moral fiber of the next generation by promoting consensus ethical values.
Six Pillars of CharacterSM
The "Six Pillars of CharacterSM" provide a common language of virtue and a framework for character development and ethics programs acceptable to political conservatives and liberals as well as religious and secular organizations.
These six core ethical values transcend cultural, socioeconomic and religious differences.
"The Six Pillars of Character" are not
the only values or traits worthy of a person of good character, they simply
express a shared conviction that these particular virtues are essential.