“Educating for Intellectual Character,” Voices in Education, the blog of the Harvard Education Publishing Group


“Intellectual virtues aim at knowledge and understanding. And they express themselves in intellectual actions like listening, interpreting, analyzing, reflecting, judging, and evaluating. Therefore, educating for intellectual virtues naturally lends itself to an active and critical engagement with academic content and skills. One needn’t choose between educating for academic standards and educating for intellectual virtues. The two go hand in hand.”

Site administrator and Loyola Marymount University Professor Jason Baehr recently contributed a guest column to the blog of the Harvard Education Publishing Group. The column, on “Educating for Intellectual Character,” situates the idea of intellectual character vis-a-vis the notions of moral, civic, and “performance” character. Read the essay here.