Educating for Character: How Schools Can Teach Respect and Responsibility

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Step 1: Assess Your Current Reality At County High School, we are starting to see an alarming trend that is starting to affect the success of our student’s academic achievement, a decline in moral character. In high school, we are so worried about what a student knows on a standardized state test that we forget to teach them how to be a well-rounded person. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “To educate a person in mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” (Lickona, 1991, p. 4) The school has seen a 30% increase in discipline referrals about cheating, disrespect, and inappropriate behavior over the last five years. “Behaviors such as lying, stealing, not performing well in school, skipping class, or exhibiting general…show more content…
This program is easy to incorporate into the classroom for all students and does not take away from the valuable instruction time for each subject area. The program is also versatile enough to use in a big group or small group settings, and can also be used for people of ages, including parents. This program will be led by teachers and coaches on campus, with help from the GCU program coaches that will help get the program started on campus. By involving the teachers, students, parents, and community leaders in this program, not only will academic success happen on the campus, but we will strengthen a community by developing men and women with good moral character that will become leaders in the community.
Step 2: Vision The vision that comes to mind is one that involves community businesses partnering with the campus to develop students who will become functioning members of society. By working with parents and community leaders, we can show students what can happen to them when you put in hard work and dedicate yourself to succeeding and to strive for excellence. Many students come into class or into after school programs and just go through the motions, just thinking that all they need to do is be average or to just get by. I want these students to talk to business leaders and members of sports teams or other student

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