Virtues such as courage, honesty and justice are the building blocks of good character and are universally valued.

However, character qualities are often culture-specific and can include anything from individualism to competitiveness.

In fact, every time the question of values education is raised, there follows the inevitable debate about the source and acceptability of these values and who gets to choose them.

This continuing debate might lead to a stalemate where the very important work that many do in the name of ‘good values’ cannot become widespread.

However, the teaching of virtue sparks little controversy among parents, whether their beliefs are political, humanist or religious. After all, who can object to children understanding respect or honesty? When we ask a question, do we not hope for a truthful answer? Do we not wish to be treated justly by those in authority?

So, what possible objection can there be to our children learning, exploring and practising these concepts  in their schools?