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Since the early 2000s and the dawn of No Child Left Behind and standards based accountability character education has been neglected and for the most disappeared. Many school districts can no longer justify spending part of students’ school day discussing character. Some character education remains, however, it is often only addressed in health, student financing, and college and career readiness. Most other character education programs have been contracted out. Schools now rely on community partners to help students develop values and morals. This thesis will examine two of these community partners: the Boy Scouts of America and the National Kappa League. Evaluation of these organizations’ curricula will answer the following questions. First, how do the Boy Scouts of America and the National Kappa League define character? Is there a connection between their definition of character and masculinity? Last, if there are differences between the two curricula, what do these differences say about race, and masculinity.

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