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Oct 24 2012


Senate Passed Resolution Highlighting Importance of Elements of Good Character

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today called attention to National Character Counts Week, a time designated to encourage individuals and organizations to adopt and promote core elements of good character.

Cochran was an original cosponsor of the Senate resolution (S.Res.569) that set this week as “National Character Counts Week.”  The Senate-passed measure highlights the importance of good character and ethical values as the foundation for American democracy and promotes character education. 

“Basic good character is important among all age groups and professions.  Character Counts Week is a time when we can emphasize the elements of good character, which transcend cultural, religious, and socioeconomic differences.  These traits can help make our schools and communities better places to live,” Cochran said.

The Senate resolution emphasizes character education for school children that promote such values as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship and honesty.

The resolution states that “the character of a nation is only as strong as the character of its individual citizens” and that “scholars and educators agree that people do not automatically develop good character and that, therefore, conscientious efforts must be made by institutions and individuals that influence youth to help young people develop the essential traits and characteristics that comprise good character.”

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