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 to teach children how …

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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 character education with personal sorting out of values.

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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 the case, you will want …

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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 it is unlikely that …

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