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"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."

– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Purpose of Education,” 1947 

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To flourish means to live well, to thrive. We believe that humans flourish when they develop to their fullest potential as rational and moral creatures living in healthy communities.

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The mission of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing is to advance the science of virtue and to promote the flourishing of OU Students and all Oklahomans. Learn more

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December 13, 2018

Virtue Resource Library Opens at Norman High School


In spring 2018, Dr. Nancy Snow (University of Oklahoma) and Dr. Scott Beck (Norman High School) gathered a team of teachers and librarians to compile a "Virtue Resource Library," containing books, articles, lesson plans, videos, and other media. The resource is located in Norman High School's Learning Commons and is available for all Oklahoma educators. Currently, it houses 3,840 print books, 52 websites and 12 PDFs.

On December 10, 2018, the library was introduced to the Norman community during Norman High School's Creativity and Learning Showcase. We comemorated the openning of the library with poetry readings of their own work by students from Norman High School, Norman North High School, Irving Middle School, Kennedy Elementary, Longfellow Middle School, Washington Elementary, Odyssey Leadership Academy, Santa Fe South High School and the Academy of Classical Christian Studies.

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The Institute is made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation
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