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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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, etc.) discussed in Early childhood Education (ECE), a child’s character. A child’s character is a key-indicator and provides distinctive …

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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 by and the decisions …

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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 learn more if they are taught in …

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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 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.

· People weaken the definition …

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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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