Audiences and Stakeholders
Conversation Builds Character is intended for school administrators, teachers and decision makers at the middle school and high school levels. In addition, civic leaders and government officials responsible for educational policy will find value in the vision set forth in this program.
Community and faith leaders have a responsibility to instill and promote beliefs and common values among those they serve. Their voices are usually the first and most prominent, especially when there is conflict in a community. This program can be of great assistance in bringing about peaceful outcomes that promote the common good.
Conversation Builds Character is a proactive approach to character education and ethical development. In the United States, great emphasis is placed on the use of standardized test scores as a means of measuring the success of schools and teachers. While it is important to understand how well our students are learning, it is just as important to understand what they are learning and how they will use their knowledge and skills.
By way of example, the Wannsee Conference in 1942 sought to ensure the cooperation of government officials in the Final Solution for the Jewish question – 8 of the 15 officials in attendance held doctorate degrees from prestigious institutions.
Conversation Builds Character aims to help individuals understand what it means to be a responsible citizen and to understand the consequences of their thoughts, actions and non-actions.
While it is important to understand how well our students are learning, it is just as important to understand what they are learning and how they will use their knowledge and skills.