Character Counts – And We Must Prove It

Character counts more than any other subject our schools teach – bar none! It was once known to be “the” priority in education, but does the current approach to teaching moral values show that? Do children come away from teachers’ classes on self-control, love, compassion, and cooperation knowing without the shadow of a doubt that such traits are vital in day to day life? Does the education your child is receiving today, this week, and this month prove that character counts?

“Character counts,” our schools tell students, but they fail to prove it. As a career educator, I can assure you that most schools are proving quite the opposite.

Look at the evidence:

· Budget. 글자수세기 only as much as the dregs from most budgetary coffeepots. Young children receive no enchanting books about cooperation to study “…because,” say our administrators, “financial resources are tight.” Older children are denied the excitement of lesson plans based on intriguing mystery books that teach courage. Teenagers must forego strong moral challenges available in best-selling adventures written for such studies. By giving this subject so much less of the budget than math, science, and history, schools prove that “character counts” is no more to them than a phrase to be thrown at students. It certainly is not a belief that issues forth into positive action.

· Time. This subject matter is said to be very important – until it comes to placing it in the school schedule. Do we prove to children and teenagers that this topic is a priority in their lives when classes meant to instill high moral values are awarded so little time? Math, science, and history are usually taught daily while this poor Cinderella receives, at best, only a few minutes a week. Students are required to master reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic, but seldom are they asked to master respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness. Students at every level are tested on math, language arts, and history, but seldom are they tested on attentiveness, honesty, and kindness. Such lack of requirements and testing does not prove to students that character counts.

 

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