We are witnessing growing interest in the personal and moral training of children and teenagers
which has led to ever more common commentaries on educational tendencies which deal with
the practice of education in the moral dimension of the younger members of society. Outstanding
amongst these approaches is what has been called Character Education (Ce). The first step in this
article is to briefly describe the recent history of the decline and revival of Ce in the 20th century.
In the second section, this movement will be compared with other contemporary ones such as Social
Emotional Learning or Positive Youth Development and the impact that Positive Psychology has
had on its spread. The third part offers the opinion of some international experts who have been
interviewed. To finish, we give a short list of some main researcher and development centers. The
study presented in this article is set in an Anglo-Saxon context, particularly in the United States,
key country for the present-day Character Education movement.