Learning Needs Assessment: Character Education
Dr. Janine Davis
June 16, 2011
Character education is a development of creating schools that encourage responsible, ethical, and compassionate individuals by teaching exceptional character with prominence on common values that are shared prominently. According to Virginia Department of Education (VDOE, 2011) “It is the efforts of school districts and Commonwealth of Virginia to infuse students with ethical, civic values including respect, responsibility, perseverance, integrity, and self-discipline.” Character education has the possibility to tackle long-term issues that are affecting our society in regards to ethical, moral, and academic concerns that are in direct correlation with our school environment. What is to be taught?
Character Education is an attribute that is learned by an individual, and is not a natural characteristic. Taking into account that what a child is taught within their home is a child’s first education that they receive. If this is true than a child that that has encountered character that is not exceptional then it is believed that they too will follow suit and exhibit behavior that is not appropriate and possess deficient qualities of character. According to Fairfax County Public Schools (2011) “Each school board shall establish, within its existing program shall be to instill in students civic virtues and personal character traits so as to improve the learning environment, promote student achievement, reduce disciplinary problems, and develop civic-minded students of higher character.” A character education program that is included into school procedures and environments will provide students with a variety of incomparable character traits throughout a student’s school day with examples and qualities of exceptional character by administration, teachers, and faculty/staff. Lickona (1991), “Believes...
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