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Many schools today have incorporated some sort of character development program to teach the qualities of good character. The question is, what constitutes good character? How do you define character? How do you develop character? What is the affect of character on education? These are all questions that many educators struggle with as they attempt to implement these programs. Recently the word “character” was the whole reason for the disbandment of our District’s National Honor Society. As “having good character” is one of the requirements of National Honor Society there was much controversy in the selection of members because without an objective measurement of character decisions were based solely on subjective opinions. I found a …show more content…

After their initial meeting the two have worked to try and implement this concept of character into their schools. The article stated that, “In the process, they have found themselves wrestling with questions that have long confounded not just educators but anyone trying to nurture a thriving child or simply live a good life. What is good character? Is it really something that can be taught in a formal way, in the classroom, or is it the responsibility of the family, something that is inculcated gradually over years of experience? Which qualities matter most for a child trying to negotiate his way to a successful and autonomous adulthood?” At both schools many studies were completed to find the need for a quality character program, to design character tests, and to find a way to implement programs based on that individual schools' needs. In both schools the studies found that those students who were rated higher in the character scale were more likely to be successful in their chosen endeavors. Because of the schools’ individual socio-economic make-ups the needs of the program and the implementation process was different. In Levin’s low income populated school there was the need to implement a program that would in a sense open up the pathway to a more successful future. Studies in the KIPP charter schools found that students who had higher character ratings were a better predictor of their college graduation rates than their I.Q. or achievement

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