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Character Value Lens - Loyalty
Transcript of Character Value Lens - Loyalty
1 : unswerving in allegiance: as
a : faithful in allegiance to one's lawful sovereign or government
b : faithful to a private person to whom fidelity is due
Loyalty is considered to be a virtue. The meaning of loyalty is a feeling of faithfulness or allegiance, or the state or quality of being loyal. In medieval times, it described the act of subject’s pledging allegiance to their lords. The true nature of loyalty is complex. When we are loyal to people that have abandoned their ethics it can lead us to turn a blind eye as noted by Sharon K. Stoll (2012) in her article The Problem of Loyalty in Teaching Character.
Medgar W. Evars
Civil Rights Activist
The importance of loyalty can be traced back to Babylonian times. The first written story on earth Epic of Gilgamesh shows describes the king’s loyalty to his friend by denying the proposal of Ishtar.
Epic of Gilgamesh
Coretta Scott King
Human Rights Activist
In the classroom students naturally group themselves, according to friendships. Forcing students to change groups at random can build connections amongst them. As the class comes together they will defend fellow classmates from bullying and teasing. As educators we foster this transformation from a group of students to a small family-type unit by instilling that sense of loyalty.
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