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    Character Education

    The Definition of Character Education

    Character education involves teaching children about basic human values including honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, equality, and respect.

    The goal is to raise children to become morally responsible, self-disciplined citizens. Problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution are important parts of developing moral character. Through role playing and discussions, students can see that their decisions affect other people and things.

    Source: From The Language of Learning: A Guide to Education Terms, by J. L. McBrien & R. S. Brandt, pp. 17-18, 1997, Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

    Here some Links:

    How Character Education Helps Students Grow, Educational Leadership, Vol. 59, No. 2, October 2001
    Talking About Ethics and Character Education, Education Update, Vol. 42, No. 4, June 2000
    What Makes Character Education Programs Work?, Educational Leadership, Vol. 51, No. 3, November 1993

    Do you think Character Education is important to be done in Schools or is it only a Parent's Job? Did you receive any Character Education in School? Did it serve you well? Can Character Education be abused to teach Children too much Political Correctness?

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    Do you think Character Education is important to be done in Schools or is it only a Parent's Job?
    I believe it the job of both in an ideal society.

    Character education involves teaching children about basic human values including honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, equality, and respect.
    I believe I would substitute Honor where it says Equality and would add Loyalty. But basically I am in agreement.

    I think both the Family and School system should instill noble virtues and values in children.
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    I think that in a harmonious society there will be a concensus between different parents and between parnets and the education system about the values that children will be taught. I think that this is sacrificed as a society becomes more diverse multiculturally integrated, and that this is a source of confusion for children and undermines what both parents and the school system want to accomplish. There are other factors such as the media as well. I kind of think when a person is led to accept an extremely wide range of values that it sort of dilutes all of them and leads to an an environment where values are less significant in people's decision making and behavior. So basically I think ideally the answer is both, but I sure as hell wouldn't trust the American Public Education system to shape my children into something i think they should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Solar Wolff View Post
    In the United States, teachers seem unwilling to teach arithmetic, reading and writing but only too willing to teach in art, social studies, music, physical education, etc. In other words they are not able or not willing to do the hard work of education. They send the math and English home for the parents to teach. The teachers refuse to grade based on test scores but rather dial in "citizenship" and other non-academic components. Why would we ever want to give them another soft, wishy-washy, indefinable subject to teach such as Character Education?
    In our current educational system I would not support Character Education. It would be used to further indoctrnate children with multiculturalism. But if we had a proper government and society I believe it would be quite valueable.
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    It should be the parent's choice. Churches have traditionally held the role of character education of children, parents should be able to choose to send their children to an institution which will give them the type of character education they feel appropriate. Government institutions should not be permitted to engage in 'character eduction' because it will just become brainwashing and indoctrination
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    I'd prefer it under an NS/Monarchal system, sure. Definitely not in a 'democratic' one though. Parents also should do the majority, but such points should be taught to a certain degree in other places as well.

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