What is Character Education?
Character education is an educational movement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students.
It is the proactive effort by schools, districts, and states to help students develop important core, ethical and performance values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, and respect for self and others. Character education provides long-term solutions to moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern in our society and our schools.
Character education teaches students how to be their best selves and how to do their best work while also facilitating positive school culture and climate transformation.
Since children spend about 900 hours per year in school, schools must be proactive in helping develop supportive environments where students develop into healthy, caring, hard-working men and women. In order to create the caring and respectful schools and communities we all want, we must be intentional and comprehensive in educating for character.
Character education is not an "add-on." It is, instead, a powerful and necessary method of school reform.
Character education helps educators fulfill their fundamental responsibility, preparing young children for their future, by fostering caring, respectful, achievement-minded school environments.
Comprehensive, effective character education begins when members of the school community come together to determine the core values that they share.
These values then become the foundation for all that the school does – curriculum, teaching strategies, school culture, and extra-curricular activities. Character education is then infused into the broader community.
Virtues Project ™
The Vision of The Virtues ProjectM is to serve humanity by supporting the moral and spiritual development of people of all cultures, by helping them to remember who they really are and to live by their highest values.
The Mission of The Virtues ProjectM is to provide empowering strategies that inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life through programs of excellence and simplicity which support people of all ages to cultivate their virtues -- the gifts of character.
It was founded in 1991 by three concerned individuals who felt called to do something.to counteract rising violence among youth and families: Linda Kavelin-Popov, a psychotherapist, organizational consultant, and community healer; her husband Dr. Dan Popov, a clinical pediatric psychologist and senior computer scientist; and her brother, John Kavelin, an art director with Walt Disney Imagineering.
Researching the world's sacred texts, they discovered something simple and profound. At the heart of all spiritual traditions are virtues, described as the essence of the human spirit and the content of our character.
“Virtues are the essence of the human spirit and the content of our character”.
Five Strategies were developed to restore the practice of virtues in everyday life.