Character Counts Mid Shore, Inc.
Six Pillars

Six Pillars of Character

The CHARACTER COUNTS! approach to character education doesn't exclude anyone. That's why we base our programs and materials on six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. The points below describe the Six Pillars mnemonic devices that can help you remember them.





Trustworthiness
(think true blue)



Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country
 


Respect
(think the Golden Rule)



Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements


Responsibility
(think green for a garden or finances or as in being solid like an Oak Tree)



Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others


Fairness
(think of dividing an orange into equal sections to share fairly with friends)



Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly


Caring
(think of a heart)


Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need



Citizenship
(think regal purple as representing the state)



Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer


For more information on the six pillars, you can also read the Josephson Institute booklet  called Making Ethical Decisions: The Six Pillars of Character or contact us.