My personal philosophy regarding the teaching of character in curriculum is simple. I believe that schools and curriculum are filled with opportunities to display good character and virtues. We, as educators, display character each and every day in the classroom; including the online settings where I now teach. I don’t believe it is truly possible to leave it out of daily learning, as students are absorbing even this type of information in their interactions with us as educators. In this reflection paper, we will review the etymology of virtues, video lectures, research and practical application of virtues within classrooms; and the overall impact upon the student body. We will also discuss the pros and cons of character education, to provide a more balanced perspective of the subject matter. Etymology
Encyclopedia.com reveals the etymology of “virtue” as an original Greek term derived from the root “vir” meaning “man”. It is where we also get the term “virility”. The term “virtue” was originally meant to denote “the superlative prowess of the heroic warrior” in Greek society. Eventually “virtue came to be regarded as coordinate with the laws and customs of a given community”. Greek philosophers, such as “Pythagoras, Plato, and Aristotle agreed that the moral character of the individual constituted a microcosm of the political character of the city”. Videos and Research
In the video “Raising Good Children”, I was reminded [and also amazed] that our own character plays such a huge role in parenting little ones. They often repeat the things that we say and do, thus creating a mirror of our own actions – a display of our very own character flaws. The video lecturer states that it is a humbling experience to be a parent in this situation, as you must face “yourself” as reenacted by your children – a sentiment I quite agree with. However, this is true not only when parenting, but also when teaching; especially little ones. Although I no longer teach in a ground...
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