Character-Building

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 transcend cultural, religious
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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
shows:

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, even when it
means she can’t attend the party she was looking forward to.…

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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 could be a way …

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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 the media which can affect …

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