From the December, 2004 issue of Touchstone
education The Bookish Virtues by Perry Glanzer

The Bookish Virtues

Perry Glanzer on Public-School Character Education

Should state legislatures tell us what kind of character our children should acquire? Actually, many states already do. Seven states recently passed a law requiring public schools to teach students “courage.” Texas and Virginia mandate that students learn to be “reliable,” and Arizona insists that they learn “orderliness,” while five states (Florida, Georgia, Iowa, South Carolina, and Texas) now require that children acquire “patience.”

States are legislating virtue like never before. In this case, “virtue” means certain qualities of personal character, a much vaguer and . . .


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