Are you a coach, teacher, administrator, or counselor who is in this profession to save our post modern kids from themselves and the devil, or are you just in it for the paycheck? How deep are you in? What are you willing to sacrifice? Those who sacrifice little are the teachers and coaches who arrive, […]

Living the virtues in a time of Austerity

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has given the 2010 Provost Derek Hole Annual Public Lecture at the University of Leicester on Thursday 28 October. The Archbishop’s lecture ‘Living the virtues in a time of Austerity’, reflected on the challenges of life in our society in the coming months and years. The lecture […]

Character Education and Psychological Models of Virtue

Dr. Kevin Ryan Teacher Education’s Muddled Models of Character Education The topic I was assigned is “character education and the psychological models of virtue.” Since most of my work for the last forty years has been in teacher education, my response will be from the purchase of what teachers are taught about character education and […]

Is “Virtue” a Scientific Concept?

The Rev. Benedict Ashley, O.P. The concept of “virtue” plays little or no role in modern psychology because psychologists suppose that it is a “philosophical” term foreign to psychology as an empirical science.[i] Hence before this concept and the extensive tradition of study of human behavior in which has been used can play a role […]


Our players all have one thing in common, a natural tendency to rebel and be drawn toward vice. Let’s face it, we all have that inside of us. If we are going to help our players be virtuous, then we are going to have to recognize that this is the starting point. Juveniles are rebellious. […]

On Having a Humble Opinion of Oneself

An interpretation of works by Thomas Kempis EVERY man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without putting that knowledge to work by living virtuously? A humble ignorant man who lives a virtuous life is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study about all manners of worldly knowledge. A man […]

Virtue: Personate or Personify?

Okay, so you agree. Virtues are the glue without which no nation can long endure; they are the sticky stuff without which no institution can hold together; they are the centripetal force without which no organization can defy disintegration. If people do not learn about virtues in the home, in the school, in the media, […]


To show empathy is to identify with another’s feelings. It is to emotionally put yourself in the place of another. The ability to empathize is directly dependent on your ability to feel your own feelings and identify them. If you have never felt a certain feeling, it will be hard for you to understand how […]

Putting Virtue First in Our Schools

The main problem facing our schools today is a lack of virtue. All of our other problems stem from it. Our educator’s attempts at school reform will fail unless character education and teaching the virtues is put at the top of the agenda. If students don’t learn about the virtues of self-discipline and respect for […]

Small Acts of Love

When it comes to living lives of virtue, we often find ourselves being able to “talk the talk”, but we seem to have a hard time “walking the walk”. I am just as guilty as anyone in this regard. We wholeheartedly commit ourselves to loving and serving fellow man, and then either deliberately or by […]