What is termed character education in today’s world has been called many things throughout the history of education in this country. Character education has been both a formal and informal part of schools. At times it has been integrated in small ways into many other pieces of the curriculum. At other times it has been a unique piece of the curriculum as highlighted by the variety of standalone character education programs that are currently running in schools today. Much of character education in the United States can be closely tied in its roots to the education of character in Europe, which laid the foundation for the formal American system of education.

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