Cultivating Good Minds
Wondering what it looks like to help your students grow in curiosity, open-mindedness, and other intellectual virtues?
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Educating for Intellectual Virtues


Educating for intellectual virtues involves approaching all aspects of the educational process with an eye to helping students grow in qualities like curiosity, attentiveness, open-mindedness, intellectual thoroughness, and intellectual courage. This site contains a host of resources to help you better understand what intellectual virtues are, why they are important, and how they can be fostered in an educational setting.

Intellectual Virtues:
Digging Deeper

Want to learn more about what intellectual virtues are and why they’re so important? Check out these Resources and Videos for a deeper understanding of the nature of intellectual virtues, which intellectual virtues are most important to learning, and why intellectual virtues are so valuable inside and outside of the classroom.

How Do We Educate for Intellectual Virtues?

Educating for intellectual virtues is a complex process. There is no silver bullet strategy for helping students grow in qualities like curiosity, open-mindedness, intellectual humility, and intellectual courage. However, there is a body of practices which, when faithfully and systematically implemented, is capable of having this kind of impact. Read more about these Core Practices.

Intellectual Virtues and the Workplace

The value of intellectual virtues in educational settings isn’t too hard to appreciate. But are they also important to the careers most students will pursue? Two recent columns in the New York Times suggest that intellectual virtues like curiosity, intellectual humility, and intellectual tenacity are valued more than ever by employers, including Google.