Definition Character education involves teaching children about basic human values such as honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, equality and respect.The goal is to educate children to become morally responsible, self-disciplined citizens. Problem solving, decision making and conflict resolution are important parts of developing moral character. Through role playing and discussions, children can see that their decisions affect other people and things. Inclusive Concept Character education is an inclusive concept in all aspects of how families, schools and related social institutions support the positive character development of children. Characters in this context refers to the moral and ethical qualities of people, and the demonstration of these qualities in their emotional responses, reasoning and behavior. The character is associated with virtues such as respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Broadly, character education encompasses all aspects of the influence that families, schools and other social institutions have on the positive character development of children. Character education is the deliberate effort to help people understand, care about and act upon core ethical values. What does character education look like? Character education looks like young people to learn, grow and become. It feels like strength, courage, possibility and hope. Giving life meaning, purpose, and a future that is educators collective messages are sharing with youth in a curriculum that says at the end, We have to practice moral education by explaining "Together we can." – Not just filling students' heads with rules and regulations, but to involve them in great moral conversations about the human race. The mere existence of this dialogue helps make us human. How can benefit children Embedded in character education are guidelines for successful living. The language of respect and responsibility navigates the journey to ethical fitness. Children explore education as life and life as learning positive approaches for setting and achieving goals. Children learn to live each day to the fullest means more than waiting for moments here and there. Character education presents life with meaning, inviting them to listen, share, explore and reflect. Cultivating knowledge for purposeful living, students learn through literature, art, humanities and throughout the existing school curriculum the benefits and consequences of their behavior. They learn the power of choice. They learn to appreciate the qualities of human beings and to share their appreciation at home, at school and in the community. Finding time Many stories in children's literature, for example, reflect the lessons of moral and virtues, we read and discuss these moral lessons, without taking the time to core subjects. Character education also fits well with social studies and health issues. The acceptance of individual differences, showing courage, developing citizenship, taking responsibility for oneself, and so positive, so the hurdle of finding time for character education becomes less intimidating. And speaking of good character traits fits naturally into the scheme of creating a successful elementary classroom. When we introduce math games, we could review the ideas of fairness and cooperation. Practice Partner cooperative learning techniques and learning activities in small groups are natural complements to character education, providing children opportunities to practice cooperation, respect, teamwork and accountability. Children usually enjoy cooperative activities, and working with peers is a brain-friendly technique that enhances learning (Jensen, 1996). Members of the school staff serve as troubleshooters between students and persons or bodies who need assistance. Such programs teach valuable humanitarian service skills. Through these activities, abstract concepts such as justice and community become real as students see the faces of the lives they touch. Children begin to appreciate the need to couple moral thinking with moral action. Does it work? Can character education really make a difference? Teaching about the character is as important as teaching the basics of writing, mathematics and reading. As Martin Luther King Jr., "Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education" (1947) said. Educators must work in partnership with families and communities to give children every opportunity to grow into people of good character, and especially to counter the potentially negative influences of society. Character education can not cure all the ills of the world, but you can improve and influence children in a positive way, giving them the skills they need to become successful adults. Expectations of Excellence Children need rules and skills necessary to achieve them. They have to see themselves as students participate in a continuous pursuit of excellence. These standards of excellence in school work and behavior will encourage students to develop qualities like perseverance and determination, and those virtues will affect all aspects of life of children as they mature. Academic studies change rapidly, which is discussed in class today becomes pass? Morning. But moral values, influences and noteworthy characteristics we model and discuss will outlast academic facts and figures. We can leave our children a legacy that will remain constant throughout life: To know the good, love the good and do good. [Submitted with ArticleSubmitter Pro - http://www. Articlesubmitterpro. Com]
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