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Fueling the Power of Rituals

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  What’s your favorite ritual? Is it a family ritual? A religious ritual? Perhaps a meaningful practice you look forward to every day or once a week? For years, I noodled with the idea of writing a book on the power of ritual. I’m glad I didn’t...

Why Every Teen Needs an Inner Compass

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  Years ago, the field of character education mainly focused on developing strategies and curricula aligned with the belief that character is taught and caught. In short, as parents, coaches, and teachers, we needed to be intentional about...

Igniting The Power Of Purpose

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  According to a recently released report by Gallup and The Walton Family Foundation, almost half of all Gen Zers assert that school lacks a ‘sense of purpose.’  This past week, scores of articles, especially those on education platforms, have...

Celebrating Character Lab

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  This past week Character Lab announced that they will be sunsetting their operations in June. I’m bummed. Over a decade ago, after Angela Duckworth’s research on grit became widely known, she co-founded the nonprofit Character Lab. The...

RETHINKING GUNS AND K-12 EDUCATION

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  When was the last time you stopped yourself and said, “Right at this moment, am I being open-minded?” For me, it was this past week. Several months ago, I was in Boston at a Kern Foundation convening. One of the organizers was Dr. Samantha...

The Anonymous Confession of a Compulsive Liar

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  For the past three years, with a grant from The School for Ethical Education, Character.org has invited students worldwide to write a “Law of Life” essay. Our writing prompt encourages middle school and high school students “to reflect and...