Character Education, Part I
The issue of Character Education has, in many districts, largely shifted from the job of the family and community to a critical component of classroom instruction. To create and maintain a positive and productive learning environment students must develop as moral, civic-minded, well-mannered, non-bullying and, generally well-socialized young people.
The pervasive influence of violence, drugs and gang activity and the shifting role of family structure and parents have contributed to the negative changes in the behavior dynamic among many students that negatively impacts schools, classrooms, teachers and, of course, the ability of everyone to learn.
This course helps educators identify character issues in their own classroom and provides strategies for how to mobilize resources including parents and community members. In addition educators will learn how to create a positive moral community and will explore historical and modern concepts of character and consider how to foreground those concepts for students’ learning sake.
As part of the curriculum, character education through insight, understanding, instruction, problem-solving and conflict-resolution activities will help educators improve relationships in their classroom communities and provide a safer environment for learning and collaboration among their students.