Bursting the bubble… Will Osborne’s fizzy drinks tax boost character education?

The proceeds of a new sugar tax on fizzy drinks could help strengthen the character of a generation of virtuous young people. At least that appears to be the hope of George Osborne and the Conservative Party hierarchy. Education took centre stage in the Chancellor’s Budget, with controversial proposals to force all schools to become... Continue Reading →


Making Virtual Reality a More Virtuous Reality

Almost every week there is a story in the national press about the Internet that has moral implications. For example, in the last week, there have been stories about people facing criminal prosecution if they set up fake social networking accounts for abusive purposes (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35712772); and police being unable to cope with levels of cyber-crime... Continue Reading →

Dramatic Moral Conversions: Do They Exist?

In this blog posting, I will be asking you for your views and stories on a phenomenon that intrigues me: dramatic and sudden (in other words, ‘epiphanic’) moral conversions. On the road to Damascus, Saul – the rabid persecutor of early Christians – reportedly went through an experience that had a profound effect on his... Continue Reading →

Tackling Character on the Rugby Field

A recent BBC News article reported that ‘more than 70 doctors and academics are calling for a ban on tackling in rugby matches played in UK and Irish schools.’ The rationale behind this call is that the potential long-term damage of head injuries, concussions, and repeated ‘high-impact’ collisions occurring in rugby practices and matches can... Continue Reading →

A View From the Centre

Welcome to ‘Virtue Insight’, the Jubilee Centre blog. On this blog, we, the staff of the Jubilee Centre, will be posting reflections on issues that are close to our hearts and to the work that we are undertaking across the field of character and virtues.

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