Much has been written about character education. In fact, schools and school districts across the United States and in other countries as well, are responding to the public’s concern about the behavior of children and youth.
Some parents and teachers feel they are doing a good job teaching values and pro-social behavior to children, when in reality they are not as effective as they could be. Many teachers are looking for models, guiding principles, strategies, and techniques that will transform character education into an inseparable part of their curriculum.
Because of it s subjective nature, research in the area of character education has been used to develop many of the programs that are available to schools and parents today; many attempting to integrate the teaching of character education with the teaching of language arts/reading.
Current research also sheds light on the value of teaching essential character traits in a planned, systematic manner, whether this teaching takes place at home, at school, or out in the community.
In addition, according to early childhood theorists, at a very young age, children begin to develop character traits based on their own personal experiences and relationships—very early in life. This tells us that parents, teachers, and primary caregivers are very critical to this type of development.
Finally, it seems that children need to see a connection and relevance about the subjects they are taught in school in order to give them meaning. Just as other subjects need to be relevant to children, so does character education. This sense of connectedness is strengthened by bonds that the school establishes with home, neighborhood, and community. It takes families, agencies, schools, and whole communities to raise a child with good character!
In light of what we know about the current negative trends in our culture; the research supporting systematic character education; the connectedness that children need between the home, school, and community; and finally, that character education needs to begin in early childhood, our company has adopted the following goals:
What's T.R.U.E. about good character?
Teach: Teach your children that having good character is important. It tells others what you are really like on the inside - not just what people see on the outside and then…
Reinforce: Reinforce the teaching of good character traits with examples and activities that will remind the children what each concept means in practical terms so they will…
Understand: Understand what each character trait means to them on a personal level. Make it relevant so that they can…
Engage: Engage their lives in the best way possible—at home, at school, and out in the community.