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The Cornerstone Values Approach to Character Education in New Zealand Schools

The purpose of this paper, complied by John Heenan, Director, New Zealand Foundation for Character Education Incorporated, is to answer three broad questions.

  1. 1. What is the purpose of the Cornerstone Values approach to character education?
  2. 2. Where can the Cornerstone Values approach to character education be seen?
  3. 3. What comments have been made about the Cornerstone Values approach to character education?

Introduction

“The best values teaching inspires students by making them keenly aware that it is their own character that is at stake.” Christina Hoff Somers

The Cornerstone Values approach to character education was developed by John Heenan, a former school principal and published by the New Zealand Foundation for Character Education Inc.

Others, particularly Rod Galloway, principal of George Street Normal School, Dunedin and chairman of the New Zealand Foundation for Character Education, have built upon Heenan’s original publication by producing teaching resources which facilitate the implementation of the approach.

There is no need for the busy teacher to reinvent the wheel.

This indigenous approach to character education is being implemented in an increasing number of New Zealand schools.

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