This six-video series asks everyone to take a good look in the mirror and address this question: What are the traits that define you as a person? In interviews and discussions filmed on location in schools, students share their thoughts on what it takes to be a trustworthy, respectful, responsible, caring, and fair person in today’s society.
They talk about challenges they face in real-life situations, and why it is sometimes difficult to make good choices. Educators and counselors add their thoughts on how good character and thoughtful choices can contribute to a happier and healthier life.
Available in DVD format only. 2004. $69.95 each. SPECIAL: $370.00 for all six videos.
- Responsibility: Owning Your Actions – Examines accountability, diligence, self-restraint, perseverance, and other important characteristics of a responsible person. Topics include: What is Responsibility, Where does it come from, and Building a reputation. Students discuss their own roles and responsibilities, including responsibility to oneself and to others. 17 minutes.
- Respect: Get It Where You Give It – It’s something we all want and need: RESPECT. Of course, the best way to gain respect is to earn it. This program focuses on aspects of respectful behavior, such as using good manners, being courteous, and resolving conflicts peacefully. It also examines respect for others’ property and privacy, self-respect, and recognizing the importance of rules and laws. Educators and students discuss the sometimes difficult relationship between teens and authority figures. 17 minutes.
- Trustworthiness: The Security of Knowing – Trust is the foundation of all healthy relationships, and many consider it the foundation upon which good character is built. In this program, teens discuss elements of trustworthiness, such as honesty, reliability, dependability, loyalty, and integrity. The program also addrsses the consequences of violating trust, and how difficult it can be to regain. 16 minutes.
- Caring: Matters of Concern – In this program, students and educators describe caring as the glue that holds communities and societies together. They examine several important traits of a caring person, including compassion, empathy, kindness, generosity, graciousness, and forgiveness. The video gives specific examples of how acts of caring and kindness benefit both the giver and the receiver. 18 minutes.
- Citizenship: Individual Rights and Responsibilities – This video helps promote a broader understanding of citizenship and how it relates to character education and daily life. It explores aspects of character that involve the rights and obligations that individuals have as members of a society. Participants in the program discuss ways to improve citizenship, and how each person can make a difference. 18 minutes.
- Fairness: Lessons in Equality – A sense of fairness is important in how we feel about ourselves, and how we relate to friends, family and neighbors. Elements of fairness discussed include impartiality, equity, openness, and due process. The program emphasizes the importance of playing by the rules, being open-minded, listening, and not taking advantage of others. 18 minutes.