Character in Education
Many of the problems school teachers encounter today find their root in lack of
character. Overriding the bullying, disrespect, inattentiveness, cheating, and
drugs with teaching on good character will bring to the school higher
achievement levels, increased student safety, and greater public confidence in
the local schools.
In a City of Character, teaching children about character should begin in the
family, with follow-up support coming from the local schools. Many suggestions
for presenting the character quality each month are given on the page for
parents on this website.
Educators will find that the learning environment improves greatly as the
children begin to build character in their lives. For example, helping the children
build attentive- ness, respect, and obedience will more than reward the teacher
for the time invested in doing so. The class will be more manageable and the
climate in the classroom will be much more suitable for learning. The test scores
will prove it!
A program called Character First Education is a valuable resource for helping
teachers present and encourage the children to build character qualities into
their lives. In this program, the quality is introduced each month by either the
teacher or a trained character coach in either an assembly or in each classroom.
A teacher's booklet and training DVD or video is provided to give all the material
necessary, as well as ideas, for each character quality. Training is available for
teachers as well.
Using lively memory poems, the character presenter teaches the character
quality with "I Will" action statements.
Practical demonstrations, songs, and games help the students learn the
definition of the quality. A story of a role model from history helps the students
see the application of the quality, while an analogy from nature, colorful posters,
trading cards, and crafts complete the curriculum for each quality.
Click on the link below to find out more about Character First Education:
Or call (405) 815-0001.
"'Tis virtue which is
the highest and most
valuable part to be
aimed at in
should give way and
be postponed to this."
"To educate a person
in mind and not in
morals is to educate a
menace to society."
Contact the Character Council if you are
interested in bringing character education into