With so many devices and messages feeding us information and shaping who we are, it is incredibly poignant that there is a renewed interest in character education bubbling up from many different sectors of society, especially in schools. As the world is becoming more complex, we are craving new sets of tools and guides offering ways to live purposeful and successful amidst the 24/7 hyperconnectivity.
I think that’s why The Family Online Safety Institute is so important now. We need guides to help us filter the noise. And I think that’s why character education is resurfacing so much. We need guides to help us be good people and raise good people. It seems we’re at the beginning of a zeitgeist, where character education is becoming more mainstream. It is exciting as a filmmaker to take a subject as rich and complex as character, and bring these ideas to life in an engaging and accessible ways.
We started Character Day last year, as a global premiere of our eight minute film, The Science of Character, that explores the neuroscience and social science behind character development.