Developing character as part of the educational journey of a student has been a long-standing, mission driven educational pursuit at Brimmer. Our Life Skills/Core Values curriculum and culture is woven into our daily habits, programs, and conversations.

19th Century philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson considered the importance of character when he said, “Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.” Philosophers have debated throughout time whether character is higher than intellect or if intellect is higher than character. I am not too sure if that debate matters very much when raising a child. During the month of November, I will highlight our community values each week as an effort to help guide our young people to think about the importance of having a strong character.

Our Middle School students began this year with their focus on kindness. “The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate” (American Standard Dictionary) and the act of thinking of others and how they may feel could arguably be the most important quality to possess. We see kindness when our students share with one another, help each other with a project, take time to pick up a dropped plate, turn in lost money, and offer a helping hand on the field. Being kind makes life better for everyone.

American novelist Henry James is often quoted for saying, “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” It is hard to question the importance of kindness.