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Laws of Life Essay Contest Produces Champions of Character

By Wendy Horbinski – Coordinator, Laws of Life For me, sharing the 2024 Laws of Life “Most Compelling,” “Exemplary,” and “School Honoree” essays on our Character.org website Thursday was the exciting culmination of a project that engulfed an entire...

5 Ways That Thanksgiving Day Helps to Shape Our American Character

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  Right after the Forum I came across a book in my office that I meant to read a few years ago, but never did. That night I started to read the book and I couldn’t put it down. Titled Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American...

Why do we say, “thank you for your service?”

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  learning I am writing these words on Veterans Day (November 11, 2023). It’s been 50 years since the American military moved to an all-volunteer force, doing away with the draft, lotteries and conscripting young people into service. Yet today...

Character And The Power of Reflective Writing

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz – PresidentWendy Horbinski – Coordinator, Laws of Life  We do not learn from experience.We learn from reflecting on experience.-  John Dewey Most educators strive to apply Dewey’s famous maxim, especially when their students act out...

Character And The College Application Process

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  This past summer the Supreme Court ruled against the use of race in college admissions. In his majority opinion, the Chief Justice wrote: “Nothing prohibits universities from considering an applicant’s discussion of how race affected the...