Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing

Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing

by Michele Borba


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Gain a new understanding of moral intelligence, and a step-by-step program for its achievement from bestselling author, Michele Borba. In this indispensable book for parents, Borba has created a new break-through in conceptualizing and teaching virtue, character and values under the auspices of a measurable capacity — Moral Intelligence. This book confronts the front-page crisis we now face in our country regarding youth violence, alienation, self-destructive behavior, cold-heartedness, lack of compassion, insensitivity, intolerance and the break down of values. The author provides a new way to understand, evaluate and inspire our kids with the seven essential virtues which comprise moral intelligence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787962265
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/11/2002
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 518,529
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michele Borba, Ed.D., a former classroom teacher, is an internationally renowned consultant and educator who has presented workshops to over half a million participants. She is the recipient of the National Educator Award and the author of eighteen books including Parents Do Make a Difference (Jossey-Bass), which was named by Child Magazine as an "outstanding parenting book of the year." She is a frequent guest expert on television and National Public Radio talk shows including The View, Fox & Friends, and The Parent Table. She is an expert columnist for Oxygen Media, honorary advisory board member for Parents magazine, and is quoted in numerous national publications. She lives in Palm Springs, California with her husband and three teenage sons. On the web at or

Table of Contents

Foreword by Thomas Lickona.


The 1st Essential Virtue: Empathy.

The 2nd Essential Virtue: Conscience.

The 3rd Essential Virtue: Self-Control.

The 4th Essential Virtue: Respect.

The 5th Essential Virtue: Kindness.

The 6th Essential Virtue: Tolerance.

The 7th Essential Virtue: Fairness.


Resources for Building Moral Intelligence.


Book Discussion Guide.

About the Author.


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Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
dragonfly78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book begins with facts to outline the point that single parents and working mothers have caused the decline in morals today. It also says teen pregnancy is caused by the lack of moral reflection. Being someone who got pregnant as a teenager, became a nurse and a very moral and productive member of society, I chose not to finish the book.
tjg More than 1 year ago
Very practical and comprehensive. Easy to work through. I started a conversation about the material about empathy (the first virtue) with my 10 year old daughgter and the conversation is continuing. She is taking this matter seriously because it affects her daily life and offers solutions to her unhappy experiences in social settings. This is a book that can change our schools. I am using it to change hers.
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ParentsDigest_Pam More than 1 year ago
'Building Moral Intelligence' helped me to gain a new perspective of moral intelligence, and how I can raise my children to understand. This book was very helpful and informing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's beyond me why Michele is doing a new book on the same subject so soon - this one is barely a year old? Regardless, this 2001 edition is outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I applaud this book! During my 25 years teaching in public schools, I have witnessed a disturbing shift in the way young people view themselves and the world around them. In the midst of troubling news about kids today, Building Moral Intelligence offers a refreshing look at what can be. A healthy mix of background information, authoritative research, and anecdotal content leads the reader to practical tools to evaluate and encourage positive personal growth. Clearly written and well edited, Dr. Borba's book offers a realistic understanding of current trends, then provides concrete solutions that address each critical issue. As one of the world's leading authorities on moral development, Dr. Borba has given us a real book for real people. Building Moral Intelligence holds the key to what is possible for kids everywhere. This should be mandatory reading for every parent, every politician, and every citizen who cares about the health of this nation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Michele Borba has a long and successful track record helping build the moral character of our youth. As an educator, I have long been quite familiar with her books and materials on building self esteem. Her concepts are not ¿feel good¿ simplistic ideas, but rather she works with the concept that self esteem comes from the acquisition of skills such as the seven virtues in this book. Building Moral Intelligence is an asset to parents who have a difficult job raising moral children in a society that offers many countering forces. I have used her book Parents DO Make a Difference in working with parent groups. I expect this book will be as valuable for parents and educators alike. Working with children and raising a family are both exciting yet challenging jobs. We are lucky to have Dr. Borba¿s help.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the more encouraging developments in the concern about the character and behavior of our young people has been the publication of books designed to bring the research of social scientists and educators to the public in a format and context that could be easily understood. Thomas Lickona accomplished that in 1981 with his outstanding book, Raising Good Children. William Damon did so with his 1988 book, The Moral Child. Now Michele Borba has continued that fine tradition, calling upon both the latest research findings as well as her extensive experience as an educator and visiting consultant and her knowledge base as the mother of three sons. She has written a remarkably thorough and yet completely accessible book on the whole topic of building moral intelligence, focusing on seven essential virtues she had identified, a book on how to teach children moral behavior by instruction, example, and practice. I wondered how she could possibly succeed at convering such an extensive topic. She does it by presenting interesting scientific data, by skillfully summarizing much of the complex and sophisticated research results in this field, and by innovatively interspersing the science with useful and entertaining experiences ands anecdotes that poignantly illustrate each virtue and each desirable behavior or issue. The helpful general and scientific references are found at the end, as well as contact Internet addresses. Dr. Borba never strays from her theme and purpose, and in doing so has written arguably the most comprehensive and useful book yet available on the important subject of how we, as parents, family members, educators, and members of the health professions, can evaluate and help young people to build their moral intelligence. The famous historian Heraclitus prophetically wrote that 'Character is Destiny.' As a health professional working with children and adolescents in a mental hospital, the words of Heraclitus resound with me. I only wish that the parents and family members of 'my kids' had already, or would read this book. Such a critical difference it would have or could make on the health and future of these precious children! If you could only own one book on moral intelligence, this is the one I would recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've seen that gives me PRACTICAL ways to help my sons become decent human beings. The sections on bully proofing, self control and anger management are tops. If parents could only read this book together we really could reduce violence in our kids' lives
Guest More than 1 year ago
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tools for preparing my kids for life Reviewer: A reader from El Dorado Hills, CA USA Being the mother of two small girls about to enter the public school system, I have spent many nights worrying what kinds of challenges lay ahead. After reading Dr. Borba's book, I sleep much easier. She provides such a clear desciption of the essential skills that will help parents and teachers prepare kids to succeed. By teaching these virtues to my kids, I know that they will flourish in any situation. Dr. Borba gives practical and easy to use methods to enhance virtues that research has proven reduces aggression in kids. Her examples are entertaining and teach the importance of every moment I spend with my child and the influence I have on developing these traits in her. By offering hard research, then clear descriptions of what each of the seven virtues is, I know how to make a difference in my kids' lives and their ability to cope. The book is filled with resources along with proven methods that are fun to implement and even more fun when I see the changes in my kids everyday. I hope all parents and teachers will take advantage of this great resource, for our kid's sake.