Character education is not a “quick fix” for falling moral standards in society today. It provides long-term solutions that address moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern to us all.
Character education is the fostering of ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through emphasis on universal values that we all share such as caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and respect for self and others.
Good character is not formed automatically; rather it is developed over time through a sustained process of teaching, example, learning, and practice -that is character education.
Character education is particularly important today as our youngsters are exposed to many opportunities and dangers unknown to their parents and grandparents. They are bombarded with many more negative influences through the media and other external sources prevalent in today’s culture.
Parents are of course the first, and most important moral teachers in character education. But as the pressures of balancing work and home life impact upon the time that families spend together it’s more important than ever that caring parents feel confident to deal with moral issues, and that they have the right tools to help them do so in a fun way.
We all know that kids can have a short attention span, and certainly prefer fun activities to being lectured in a serious, and, dare I say – boring fashion!
Schools also play a vital role in nurturing and developing children of good character, through their character education programs.
But it’s vital that these messages are reinforced at home – after all children learn by copying others, so if they realize that good character is important to their parents, they’re more likely to place great importance upon it themselves.
A person of character … .
- A “good” person – someone that kids will look up to, admire and try to imitate.
- Knows the difference between right and wrong and always tries to do the right thing, even if it’s difficult.
- Sets a good example
- Tries to make the world a better place.
- Is honest, trustworthy, reliable and caring.
Character education sounds tough, but educating the heart is just as important as educating the mind. It’s important that you have the right tools and materials – books, games, activities, audio are all important ways of communicating with your kids, offering various routes to forming kids of character.
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