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. Use the points below to help young people understand the Six Pillars, and use the mnemonic devices at right to help them remember.
We've posted a variety of lesson plans and other resources that help young people understand and practice the Six Pillars.
Be honest Dont deceive, cheat, or steal Be reliable do what you say youll do Have the courage to do the right thing Build a good reputation Be loyal stand by your family, friends, and country
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 Dont threaten, hit or hurt anyone Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
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
Play by the rules Take turns and share Be open-minded; listen to others Dont take advantage of others Dont blame others carelessly Treat all people fairly
Be kind Be compassionate and show you care Express gratitude Forgive others Help people in need
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