CHARACTER EDUCATION ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
AMERICAN FREEDOMS COMPACT PROGRAM
Student's Name________________________________ School________________________ Grade _Sixth
CHARACTER ATTRIBUTE: ABSTAINING FROM HARMFUL HEALTH POLLUTANTS
Democratic Principle No. 9: Democratic Societies are based on law.
Students' Concept of the Principle: We believe in obeying the laws pertaining to our school, community, State and Nation and that among these are laws which require students to obtain from the use of tobacco, liquor and harmful drugs.
MY FREEDOMS COMPACT GOALS:
I will... Keep free from the use of tobacco, liquor and harmful drugs and will encourage my classmates with whom I associate to do the same.
MY FREEDOMS COMPACT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
I have been true to the goal. One of my class mates drank liquor she found in her home when her parents were away. She was sorry she did it. Another friend tried to smoke a cigarette. It made him sick. He says that's enough for him.
(Abstinence from Tobacco, Alcohol and Narcotics)
This is a story of two boys, Gene and Fred. They were born and reared in Salt Lake City. They attended the elementary schools there. They both graduated from high schools there and both were graduates of the University of Utah. In addition, both received advanced university degrees.
Both boys had fine parents and were reared in good homes. The parents taught their boys the dangers that can result from smoking and drinking liquor. Fred believed his parents and others who thought and taught of the harmful effects of smoking and drinking. Gene on the other hand observed people who smoked and drank liquor and said to himself, "A little smoking and a little drinking won't hurt anybody." In the elementary school he started tampering with cigarettes and continued to do so in high school and at the university as he also did with liquor. He thought it made him popular to do so.
Gene and Fred eventually married fine Utah girls and after their university schooling left Utah for other states to find employment; Gene as a traveling salesman and Fred as a scientist in atomic research. Both men became fathers of fine children.
By this time smoking and drinking had become habitual with Gene and he seemed unable to quit. The Surgeon general of the United States announced that smoking was dangerous to health and was one of the chief causes of cancer of the lungs. A law was soon enacted with a statement on each package of cigarettes that it is dangerous to health. Yet Gene continued to smoke and drink. Soon he had problems with his employers who were losing confidence in him. Then he lost confidence in himself, became shiftless and failed to properly support his family. Eventually, he developed lung cancer and died leaving a young family without the support of a father.
Fred never smoked nor drank liquor, so this was an asset to him and his work and added to the happiness and joy of his family. Acquiring sufficient energy has become one of the chief concerns in the United States and the world. The use of atomic nuclear energy holds great promise of being a chief source of energy to generate electricity. Yet it has some problems yet to be solved. Fred as a scientist has distinguished himself in helping to solve some of these problems. His good work has been observed in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. He belongs to several National and International Atomic Research Societies. His services are in great demand both in our country, Europe and elsewhere. He is making a great contribution to the welfare of mankind. His family is proud of him and so are many others for the good life he is living and the contributions he is making.