I just finished reading, “Beyond Character Education,” by Mawi Asgedom.

I can’t come out and recommend this book. It’s not bad, but I wouldn’t bump anything off my reading list to get to it.

That being said, I don’t disagree with the author or his premise, that character education is more than a guest speaker, a food drive, and/or a field trip. And in many cases, the author and I preach the same sermon.

Specifically, Asgedom is dead solid perfect when he writes, “…(the good kids) don’t actually have to do anything distinctly good; just avoid the bad things and they will be on par. The metric is the absence of something bad not necessarily the presence of anything good.”

We both believe that the focus of character education must be increasing positive behaviors, not decreasing negative behaviors.

Think. Work. Achieve.

Your turn…