Introduction Welcome to the online workshop on ethical character development and its importance in the pursuit of personal, academic, and professional excellence.
There is one key idea behind this workshop:
The development of ethical character virtues is the key to personal, academic, and professional success in life. You will realize happiness and self-fulfillment in life, achieve your highest potential in school and work, benefit those around you, and contribute to human society as a whole, if you pursue a life of virtue. Ethics is good for you. We are going to take a balanced approach to ethics with an emphasis on the positive benefits of ethics, and we are going to take a character development approach to education.
There are positive consequences to being ethical and negative consequences to being unethical; we will identify both. But we are going to highlight the positive consequences, instead of just focusing on the negative.
Instead of assuming that the primary purpose of education is simply learning theories, facts, and skills, we propose that the central goal of education is the development of people of character who will use their knowledge to benefit themselves and others.