Aristotle Beyond the Academy

Use Aristotle in Character Education

Use Aristotle in Character Education, a movement started in the USA in the 1980s. At Montclair Kimberley Academy In New Jersey, when the former headmaster Peter Greer arrived in 1992, he got together a team of teachers, staff, parents, and alumni to compose a manifesto for the school’s programme in character education.

The manifesto, Our Common Purpose, took Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and identified seven of the virtues he analyses as the basis of the “character expectations” of the school: respect, friendship, responsibility, confidence, temperance, fairness, and being informed. Old virtues never die. See further here.


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