Character Inclusion


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Making the world better by developing quality people through societal character education.

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  • Character Inclusion

    1. 1. Character Education/Inclusion
    2. 2. &quot;Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” G.K. Chesterton <ul><li>What kind of a soul experience would we like to pass on to the next generation? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Desired CHARACTER EDUCATION Outcomes <ul><li>better student behavior at school </li></ul><ul><li>better student behavior in the community </li></ul><ul><li>fewer classroom disruptions </li></ul><ul><li>more examples of students respecting adults and each other </li></ul><ul><li>more students doing homework </li></ul><ul><li>understanding multiple perspectives </li></ul>
    4. 4. … Desired CHARACTER EDUCATION Outcomes <ul><li>demonstrating concern for the welfare of other </li></ul><ul><li>applying skills of ethical decision making to solve problems </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrating skills of social cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrating responsibility for their own learning </li></ul><ul><li>exhibiting a positive attitude towards learning and school. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Elementary Level <ul><li>Esteem Builders Complete Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated into the curriculum. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presented in 15 minute lessons, three times a week. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Depending upon the teacher’s discretion, the teacher will use some of the lessons from the Living Values Education Program (LVEP). </li></ul>
    6. 6. Here’s an example: <ul><li>A pilot study with 3 different schools across North America: 1 rural, 1 urban and 1 suburban. 1046 kids, K-8 were involved. Teachers in the classroom were required to use 3 - 15 minute activities per week with their students. </li></ul>
    7. 7. an example continued <ul><li>That was easy for them since the activities were cross-correlated to both curriculum content and grade level. All they did was to integrate each activity into their daily lesson plans. </li></ul>
    8. 8. an example continued… <ul><li>The result: 46% drop in detentions, 41% drop in physical aggression and 39% drop in verbal aggression. Further, there were statistically significant (at the .0001 level) improvements in 11 behaviors that are already correlated with academic success. </li></ul>
    9. 9. ACADEMICALLY in a Kansas elementary school <ul><li>From 3 rd to 5 th grade improvement in standardized tests: </li></ul><ul><li>Reading - 10 percentile points </li></ul><ul><li>Language: 6 percentile points </li></ul><ul><li>Math: 8 percentile points </li></ul><ul><li>Core: 9 percentile points </li></ul>
    10. 10. Living Values Education Program (LVEP) <ul><li>RESULTS </li></ul><ul><li>In two years there was over 90% decrease in violence in a Thai Refugee Camp sponsored by UNESCO. </li></ul><ul><li>After six months of using LVEP in two primary schools in Bermuda, their disciplinary office referrals were down 80%… </li></ul>
    11. 11. Character Counts <ul><li>Used physical force against someone who insulted them dropped 33 percent </li></ul><ul><li># Used a fake ID dropped 56 percent. </li></ul><ul><li># Taken something without paying dropped 46 percent. </li></ul><ul><li># Drunk alcoholic beverages dropped 31 percent. </li></ul><ul><li># Taken illegal drugs dropped 32 percent. </li></ul><ul><li># Defaced or vandalized property dropped 46 percent </li></ul>
    12. 12. Applications <ul><li>Secondary level: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Homeroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art and Drama classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforced throughout the entire school by all staff. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assemblies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Elementary Level: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At the beginning of each day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforced throughout the day in appropriate lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforced throughout the entire school by all staff. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assemblies </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Implementation <ul><li>Create Character Development Magnet Schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. </li></ul><ul><li>Find an elementary, middle, and high school in each local district to include CE in their classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Use either one or all of the three primary character development programs in these schools. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Character/Virtues/Values <ul><li>The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children. </li></ul><ul><li>Aristotle (384-322) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Cultivate Virtue <ul><li>“ Cultivate Virtue in your self, </li></ul><ul><li>Virtue will be real. </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate Virtue in the family, </li></ul><ul><li>Virtue will flourish. </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate Virtue in the village, </li></ul><ul><li>Virtue will spread. </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate Virtue in the nation, </li></ul><ul><li>Virtue will be abundant. </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate Virtue in the world, </li></ul><ul><li>Virtue will triumph everywhere.” Lao Tzu </li></ul>