Thursday, May 8, 2014

Elements of True Character


We try to work every day on helping our children develop true character.  We want to start this now while they are young so that as adults they will make a difference in the world around them as community leaders, free-thinkers, seekers of knowledge and truth, and of course, loving and compassionate Christians.

I ran across this quote today and it is exactly what I pray we are teaching in our daily homeschool studies.  Math, reading, science, and more are taught, but above all I hope that my children are learning about the elements of true character.
Character is the aim of true education; and science, history and literature are but means used to accomplish this desired end. Character is not the result of chance, but of continuous right thinking and right acting. True education seeks to make men and women not only good mathematicians, proficient linguists, profound scientists, or brilliant literary lights, but also, honest men, with virtue, temperance, and brotherly love. It seeks to make men and women who prize truth, justice, wisdom, benevolence, and self-control as the choicest acquisitions of a successful life. It is regrettable that modern education so little emphasizes these fundamental elements of true character.
– David O. McKay

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