Character Education

Every parent wants their child to develop positive character
traits. One way to supplement your child’s character
education is to act as a filter for the movies and
television shows your child watches, and to review the books
your child reads.

The following categories are
modeled after “The Book of Virtues for Young People,” an
excellent book for children in its own right, written by
William Bennett. When developing a curriculum of character
education for your child, it’s helpful to review each
children’s book, television show, and movie for both
positive and negative examples of each of the ten virtues
outlined in “The Book of Virtues for Young People.” The
stronger the message, the more it will contribute to your
child’s character education.

Following are some ways
in which the virtues can manifest as character traits in
children’s books, movies, and in television

Self-Discipline: A character discusses his
feelings of anger rather than impulsively striking out. Or,
a character gets his chores done before he goes out to play.

Compassion: A character understands the pain or
suffering of a friend, and steps in to help,

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Character Building In American

As a parent what concern is at the forefront of your mind most? For my wife and I it is education, as time moves on I see that education is hands down the most important issue when discussing our children and their future. However, when I say education, I am not only referring solely to school and the ongoings there, but the actual process of learning and the acquisition of knowledge. This process of learning begins long before the child ever steps-foot into an institution of learning.

Therefore, the parents role is pivotal in nurturing the development of a child’s aptitude toward learning at the most early stages of its growth. That being said, what is it that we actually want our children to learn? Obviously, we would like our children to eventually become professionals in a particular field. But during the early stages, what do we want our children to develop most?

I am not a trained therapist but I can think of one area which is connected to all of the points of development (emotional, language and cognitive,

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Character Education That Teens Love

Character education, when listed on high school curricula, is not likely to generate excitement in teenagers. Having taught high school for years, I know whereof I speak. Teenagers seek independence from parents and are in hot pursuit of adult freedoms. Many rebel against lectures on right and wrong, so how can you find character education they love?

Character education is abhorrent to teenagers when they think it is being pushed on them. Just as with many other topics, teens shove back when we drive them toward high moral values. They think they can sort out their own values, and they want no help doing it!

The trouble is that teens are incapable of sorting out high moral values for themselves. Those who try to do so will always allow room for their own interests and desires. This is true of people at any age. We all try to fashion standards that make our individual lives as easy as possible. We would like to establish two sets of rules: one for self and one for others.

Look at these examples of what can happen when you replace strong

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Lots of folks say that, while they can’t exactly define it, they know it when the see it. Character, that is. Few, though, would argue with author and talk show host Dennis Prager’s take on it: “Goodness is about character-integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat people.”

Yes, indeed, and reminiscent of the Golden Rule we all repeatedly heard growing up: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But since we don’t all abide by it, there’s been a history of character-building lessons in our schools.

Back in 1993, the Josephson Institute of Ethics proposed a set of universal values during a meeting in Aspen, Colorado which came to be known as the Aspen Declaration of Character Education. Among its tenets:

  1. “People do not automatically develop good moral character; therefore, conscientious efforts must be made to help young people develop the values and abilities necessary for moral decision-making and conduct.
  2. Effective character education is based on core ethical values rooted in democratic society, in particular, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, justice and fairness, caring, and civic virtue and citizenship.
  3. These core ethical values
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Bully Prevention and Character Education

An often overlooked, but very important part of education, involves bully prevention and character education in schools. Teachers are sometimes faced with these issues and they do not handle the problem well or at all because they are unsure of how to go about it. These issues are so delicate that people like to avoid them. However, there are better ways to approach and prevent the negative situations you may face as an educator.

Bully prevention experts agree that teachers need to make classrooms feel safe for all students. It is important for teachers to review the research on bullying in order to learn about the causes and effects of bullying. By understanding this, educators can then study best practices and develop their own strategies to deal with bullying issues. If teachers were able to focus more on character education in schools then they could work on teaching students about morals and ethical behavior, which may be one way to prevent bullying in schools.

One way to support character education in schools could be through music. For example, rock ‘n’ roll music can be an effective unifying force among young people especially. Rock ‘n’ roll music

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Character Education

Many teachers began adapting a new style of teaching called character education. This helps encourage a happy young child that grows into a fully functional and capable adult. Many people feel that we need to begin providing our children an education that helps them build skills, life strategies, and character traits that help them develop into completely capable, independent citizens.Many schools try to incorporate character education into the regular curriculum.

There is some debate over as to what should be included in that. These are responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, respect, caring for others, and citizenship. Responsible behaviors, empathy and faithfulness are central to these qualities.Character is a must for society and our culture to continue to function.

It plays a vital role in the development of healthy self esteem.Young people need to be able to persevere in the face of difficulty, solve problems, behave respectfully and respond appropriately to situations in order to become resilient and confident adults with good emotional health.Many children tend to hold on to values – whether good or bad (because they won’t consciously know the difference at a young age).

Children can easily become subjected to the fears and worries of

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How Can Character Education

For years, the common belief was that success stems from academic achievement and rote memorization. Kids were put through rigorous programs of memorization and fact-specific testing, all the while ignoring one of the most important parts of development and emotional intelligence. Character education, one of the most important parts of development, has been left out of many kids’ lives, and using some simple tools, you can add it to your child’s learning curriculum and create self confidence, drive and ambition, and accelerated emotional intelligence in your child.

The major influences in any child’s life aren’t the faceless academics and rigorous examples that have been pushed through the school system. Coaches, parents and teachers all form massively important connections in any child’s mind, and in many ways shape their future much more than the content of their education possibly can. There are thousands of parallels that can be drawn between life and sports, and they only prove to demonstrate that the ties between coaching and achievement, and children’s development are so incredibly close.

Think about it this way — what do we look for in stories? It’s rarely the characters themselves, but the themes that they’re driven

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Character Education is Easier Than You Think

Character education is being executed in schools and other not for profit organizations across the US. Character education allows the individual student to achieve personal success and also develop into a strong person at the same time.

Developing character can begin with the help of a product or course that teaches the parent that is not familiar with character education. These products help aid the children gain several good traits instead of just one or two throughout life.

Mom and dad are very busy people. These programs help shortcut the time it takes to learn how to teach character education to their son or daughter.

A child really needs to learn character education hands on. In other words, it is not just taught directly but also indirectly with children being encouraged to think through situations and respond in an appropriate way.

Children can be taught to regulate their emotions and respond maturely to frustrating or stressful situations. They are also taught communication strategies that help them to become empowered and resilient individuals. Children must feel engaged if they are going to learn anything from any of the character education programs.

A child will

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Why Teaching Character Must Start Early

It’s never too early to begin teaching children how to become caring, confident and respectful of those around them. While parents are, of course, a child’s first teacher when it comes to lessons about character, it’s also important for teachers to reinforce those lessons at school. When kids see their most influential role models showing respect, kindness and other positive traits, they gain strong values as a result.

Positive Learning Environment
Teaching character in schools creates a happy, safe classroom environment which in turn promotes a positive learning experience. Instead of spending countless hours handling adolescent problems, the teachers have more time to focus on teaching and the students have more time to focus on learning. This will not only foster a sense of success for the students academically, but it will also improve their confidence socially.

Comprehensive Approach
The objective of character education is not to overtake the parents’ role in teaching values. Rather, further emphasize core values such as respect, civic awareness, fairness and justice, and responsibility for self and others. The responsibility to teach our students about character should be shared among parents, teachers, and members of the community. This combined effort helps

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Free Character Education Lesson Plans

Free character education lesson plans are the subject of much wishing by educators. It reminds me of the idiom: “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” First recorded about 1628 in a collection of Scottish proverbs, that idiom suggests that if we could have what we want simply by wishing, our lives would be easy. It suggests, too, that wishing is useless; we are apt to get much better results with action. Free character education lesson plans may not appear magically beneath our saddles.

Free character education lesson plans do exist, and they do promise to make life easier for educators. Internet connectivity makes it possible for anyone to post hundreds of them in a few days. You must realize, though, that the free character education lesson plans you find may not be worth the cybernetic paper on which they are printed. You will probably get much better results by finding a quality program and investing necessary funds to purchase it.

You may believe a tight budget makes that impossible Your administrator may have insisted that you use only complimentary materials. You may be shut up to an Internet search for “freebies.”

If that is

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The Moral Education of Children

Many parents are concerned about laying a good foundation for their children that they might grow to become moral, responsible adults. In part, parents often rely on Sunday school or other types of religious education to help convey the message of morality. In raising moral children, there are a few points that bear remembering.

First, child rearing is a developmental endeavor. That implies that children progress through moral stages and understandings at a certain (variable) pace. There is little evidence that children can be hurried along the developmental journey. There is a developmental track for moral development, social development, and cognitive development. All areas of development come into play in our efforts to raise moral children. Jean Piaget, the famous developmentalist, reminds us that young children have not yet arrived at the stage of formal, symbolic thought.

Many parents will attempt to moralize with children in abstract, moral discussions-suitably “watered-down,” or so they think, to meet their kids where they are. However, if research on cognitive development is at all correct, it is unlikely that children are being “converted” to a moral or religious stance. They may say “yes” and seem to get the point, but

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Does the Present Educational System

Every human has to pass through the usual stages of growth. We all move on from one stage to another like moving on from one class to another. No one stays in the same stage for long as time is the greatest teacher. Humans grow in time and spend a lot of the growing years in educational institutions where interacting with other students and teachers is part of the whole.

Jane Bidder, in her book, What every parent should know before their child goes to secondary school says that ” Basically, it is difficult to win with difficult teachers because they know they are right. Sometimes it is not worth trying because you can set them against your child. We have come across teachers who immediately take it out on children by being sarcastic or unfair to them in class because their parents complained. It should not happen but it does because teachers are human”

There are some points here that have to be critically looked at. The fact is, all teachers are supposed to be right and it is not just the difficult ones that are right. No one can say there is competition between

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Character Education

It has happened to all of us. Something we have always dreamed of is about to happen. We get excited about this project, and start making plans for the next steps to take. In our mind we are already basking in the light of victory and accomplishment.

Then all hell breaks lose. Things start going wrong, and obstacles we had never thought of start showing up at the turning of every corner.

Finally the whole endeavor, which we had started out with such high expectations, is about to collapse under the weight of all the opposition we encounter.

When you start a new project or step out in faith to do something new, there will always be something that will try to get in your way. If you don’t resolve to be rock-solid firm, it won’t be long until you throw in the towel and give up.

There is an attitude you must possess if you wish to achieve success in your life. This attitude is the asset of every achiever, and of every history-maker, that has walked on this planet.

This kind of attitude is essential and non-negotiable to everybody who wishes

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Character Happiness Makes a Better

Character happiness is simply the idea of being happy with the personality traits you’ve developed over time. Being happy with the person you are helps create balance, and balance is one of the keys to living a happy and fulfilling life.

Good personality traits include things like: integrity, virtue, and honesty. These are traits and qualities that most people find admirable. You should try to emulate these qualities if you desire to become a better person.

You have to work at becoming the type of person you admire and respect. If you’re serious about improving your character, you will work hard to achieve your goal. You will be better off in the long run. As opposed to those who do not seek these things, and are more focused on just getting through life the best they can.

Everyone makes decisions in their lives which effect how others see them. A person’s decisions also determine what they think of themselves. Are you happy with the life that you’ve created? Are you happy with the person you’ve become?

This is really the key to happiness in general. If you’re happy with the person you’ve become, you’ll

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The Character Development

Why is character development important? It’s important because it has a profound effect on your life. You spend your entire life being judged based on your actions. Because of this, working to become the best person you can be is an admirable goal. Do you know what it means to display good character? Take this quiz to find out how much you know about developing good personality traits.

1. Is it possible to teach a person positive personality traits? Yes, it’s possible. Children are impressionable. When they’re young, it’s relatively easy to fill their heads with either good or bad information. Focusing their thoughts and behavior in a positive direction helps them develop good traits.

Take every chance you get to encourage a child. Don’t spend too much time focusing on what they do wrong. Teach them about responsibility, caring, honesty, trust, and other positive traits. Never think it’s too late to help a child become a better person. Even a brat can learn to become a beauty.

2. Is it possible for an adult to change their personality? Yes, it’s possible. It takes a lot of hard work, but just about anything is possible

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The Character Education Movement Takes on Pragmatism

Recently I stumbled across what looked like a very succinct description of the pragmatist philosophy (or as I like to call it “the pragmatist disbelief system”). In fact, Bob Sherman’s article provides a nice summary of core concepts of the pragmatist movement. He does what at first glance appears to be an admirable job of explaining the relationship of pragmatism to “truth-claims,” emphasizing that pragmatists define the truth of any particular proposition as a) not an absolute position and b) based on the usefulness of that proposition.

The article is well worth looking over if you want to understand how those endorsing “character education” view pragmatism. It does not take long to realize that while Mr. Sherman gets some of this right, he has fundamentally misunderstood the implications of reasoning pragmatically. His mischaracterization is not unusual. I thought I might take the opportunity to clarify what is in fact the pragmatist system of thought and how it works itself out in the sphere of social and economic policy.

The main difficulty Mr. Sherman runs into is a common one-the equation of pragmatism with instrumental reason, which is itself bound up with relativism (the belief that any

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Teaching Character

In general character is taught, not embedded within us. Yes, one might be naturally compassionate, but true character is taught. Teaching character is done successfully when taught by the most influential people in a child’s life. When teaching character, it is vital to start as early as possible. It has been noted by adopted and foster parents that if a child has already learned poor character traits it is close to impossible to turn in a full 180 degrees.

Parents have a huge responsibility and by their actions can help or damage a child. Teaching character by example is the most effective way to teach properly. For example, a child witnesses his/her parent stealing, that child will think that stealing is no big deal. Children are sponges from a very early age and will do what they see being done. If mom lies a lot, the child will most likely do the same. If good character traits are not taught at a very young age, they will not likely learn them as a young adult. Parents must make teaching character to their children a priority. If a child ditches school, or disrespects an authority figure, this must

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Book Review

How to Counteract the Attack on Character in Today’s Society

A drift from the core values on which our country was founded has produced a moral decline in our country. Carl Sommer attributes this decline to the fact that character is under attack in our nation. In his new book “Character Under Attack & What You Can Do about It” Carl Sommer considers the spirit of America’s founding fathers in light of today’s climate of violent crime, the increase in prison population, and the philosophical battle and cultural war being raged in the political arena.

Sommer observes; there was a time when Americans took pride in their moral heritage. In recent years there has been an erosion of values which has serious implications for both our schools and society. Sommer quotes from scholars, philosophers, educators, politicians, and theologians to present his case for a return to an emphasis on character programs and traditional values in the curriculum of our schools.

Sommer talks about four keys to successful schools. He introduces four model schools that are making effective inroads into making this difference. He then offers “Action Steps” for educators, parents, and concerned citizens to affect

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Character Education Programs

Our children will be returning to days of regimented learning when they return to school next week. Unlike previous years, Lela won’t be learning Mandarain, Spanish, theater or knitting. After school, she’ll probably walk home, perhaps with friends from her neighborhood, and play and relax.

During the last twenty years, our kids have been robbed of at least eight hours of leisurely, spontaneous and unstructured play time every week. Compared to children from sixty years ago, it’s fairly obvious that our children’s ability to regulate their own behavior, control their impulses and understand their emotions is much worse. Studies have shown an alarming trend in self-regulation; our five-year-olds behave like 1940’s three-year-olds, and our seven-year-olds have the same emotional capacity as five-year-olds from that same period.

Unstructured recreation, led by children, add to a child’s emotional health, as well as their social, physical and intellectual skills. Unstructured play can teach children to successfully work in groups, as well as how to negotiate, resolve conflicts, share, speak up, and regulate their own behavior and emotions. Another study has revealed that children who attend traditional, academic preschools do not have an educational advantage in reading or math over

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The Best Way to Teach Character

Recently I saw the movie Slumdog Millionaire. At the heart of the movie was the theme of a yearning for love. The main character the orphan boy Jamal found his love connection with Latika another orphan. It was not the passionate kind of love story we are accustomed to in the movies but a longing to be loved and to be needed.

Seeing this movie caused me to reflect on my own childhood. My maternal grandfather was a man so big hearted that at his funeral every one of his nine grandchildren believed they were his favorite. I cannot remember an occasion in which he didn’t tell me how wonderful and cherished I was. The strength of his words helped nurture a resilience in me for those difficult times of disappointment, failure, criticism or whatever threatened to harden my heart.

Knowing this I can’t help but wonder why most parents fail in this most important job. Imagine how changed you might be if every day your spouse, your children or whoever shares you life told you how wonderful you are. This kind of loving commitment and confidence would inspire everything you do all day long.

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