Top 10 Character Education Traits

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Each month teachers in our district focus lessons on a particular trait. Below is  a list of when each trait is covered.

September  – Work Ethic and Responsibility
October  – Respect for Self and Others
November  – Compassion
December  – Self-Control
January  – Tolerance
February  – Trustworthiness
March  – Cooperation
April  – Respect for Community/Environment
May  – Commitment/Dedication
June  – Fairness/Justice

Top 10 Character Education Traits as Identified by the Kent Community

Work Ethic – Responsibility: Students should:

  • Attend to task; demonstrate persistence; show best effort;
  • be able to carry out a duty and be trustworthy;
  • Exercise sound thinking and good judgment knowling that they are personally accountable for their actions.

Commitment – Dedication: Students should:

  • Pursue tasks even when difficult or uninteresting;
  • Have a commitment to learning;
  • Have a commitment to the classroom community;
  • Pursue worthwhile endeavors, showing persistence, care, and effort;
  • Have a commitment to a duty or obligation and its conclusion.

Compassion – Empathy – Love – Caring: Students should:

  • Show care, concern, and empathy for the needs of other persons without regard to race, religion, gender, age, economic status, and/or physcial and mental condition;
  • Be sensitive and supportive of others;
  • Be forgiving; not hold grudges.

Fairness – Justice: Students should:

  • Show objectivity
  • Consider the unique characteristics of individuals and situations when making decisions;.
  • Form judgments and conclusions only after all perspectives of an issue have been considered;
  • Possess a sense of honesty, justice, and fair play.

Tolerant – Unprejudiced: Students should:

  • Accept individual differences;
  • Be able to negotiate and compromise;
  • Strive to discover and learn about people who are different from themselves and about cultures different from their own.
  • Recognize that we are fallible and therefore make mistakes

Self-Control – Self-Discipline: Students should:

  • Establish short-term and long-term goals;
  • Exhibit continuous self-evaluation in striving for goals;
  • Control one’s actions, emotions, or behavior, often in order to improve oneself;
  • Not seek revenge;
  • Realize the motivations for their actions and give priority to duties and responsibilities rather than to conflicting impulses and desires;
  • Be willing to sacrifice present satisfaction in order to receive long-term benefits.

Self-Respect – Respect for Others: Students should:

  • Realize their worth and dignity as human beings, and account for their strengths as well as their weaknesses;
  • Display good manners and politeness, showing the same respect for others as they would wish for themselves.

Respect for Community – Environment: Students should:

  • Work to improve the community;
  • Be conservative in their use of natural resources;
  • Understand and accept their role as a productive family member;
  • Obey laws and rules;
  • Show respect for legitimate authority;
  • Exercise civic rights and duties;
  • Participate in worthwhile school and community activities such as Earth Day, Community Day Clean-Up, etc.

Trustworthiness – Trust: Students should:

  • Be worthy of the confidence of others;
  • Be truthful, honest, and trustworthy in their relationships with others;
  • Acquire sound values and thereafter seek to live up to them in a consistent manner;
  • Model moral courage through truthful behavior;
  • Be depended upon to do what’s right. 

Cooperation: Students should:

  • Acknowledge that each individual is accountable for making a contribution to the benefit of the group/school/ community
  • Temper the negative aspects of competition;
  • Work together for a common purpose.


Revised October 1995