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Mission Statement

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Mission Statement

  1. 1. Charles Babbage Virtual Junior High SchoolCharacter Educationand the Digital Age Studentof the 21st Century+<br />
  2. 2. Character Education <br />Traditionally defined as the long term process of helping young people develop the knowledge skills and ability to make informed and responsible choices.<br />
  3. 3. May Include:FairnessHonestyCompassionResponsibilityLeadershipRespectHuman DignityIntegrity<br />
  4. 4. Renzulli defines leadership as:<br />-vision to see things as they CAN be<br />-courage to take risks<br />-absorption in the creative act<br />http://www.mishawaka.k12.in.us/documents/HA%20docs/EDPS%20540%20articles/Module%203%20(February%209)/Renzulli%20-%20houndstooth.pdf.pdf<br />
  5. 5. Controversial because<br />SOME BELIEVE…<br /><ul><li>Responsibility to teach belongs with parents
  6. 6. Definition of right and wrong is subjective
  7. 7. Objective assessment is unavailable</li></ul>OTHERS BELIEVE…<br /><ul><li>Value Systems too diverse
  8. 8. Political Beliefs too diverse
  9. 9. Personal Belief Systems too diverse</li></li></ul><li>STILL OTHERS BELIEVE<br />character education decreases….<br />ViolenceTeen pregnancySubstance abuseGang activitySchool suspensionsDrop out rates<br />
  10. 10. Decision of Most States? To use a developmental and moral model as a guideline for decision-making for regular, special, and gifted students<br />
  11. 11. The answer for some educators has been “The Six Pillars of Character Program” developed by the Josephson Institute of Ethics <br />http://charactercounts.org/sixpillars.html<br />
  12. 12. TrustworthinessRespectResponsibilityFairnessCaringCitizenship<br />“The Six Pillar<br />http://charactercounts.org/sixpillars.html<br />
  13. 13. Such Programs are behavioral approaches and are insufficient and limited for the all students and produce a more compliant student rather than an exemplary moral leader.<br />
  14. 14. “21st Century Digital Learner”“Teachers in every strata of education are increasingly dealing with a student population that is not only more wired than they are but also grew up in a techno-drenched atmosphere that has trained them to absorb and process information in fundamentally different ways. This generation of students is more likely to be armed with cell phones, laptops, and iPods than with spiral notebooks and No. 2 pencils.”http://www.edutopia.org/ikid-digital-learner<br />
  15. 15. Unification Theory of EducationTo develop genius & nurture gifts requires a balance of skills and knowledge along with character and heart<br />http://www.unification.org/ucbooks/theofed/index.html<br />
  16. 16. Unique Character Traitsdemand<br />Unique Education Programs<br />
  17. 17. The Digital Age student of the 21st Century<br />is often:<br />-out-of-sync with others-emotionally intense-more aware of world perils-a perfectionist-hyper-sensitive<br />
  18. 18. We believe thatLeadership thru Character Educationis anAFFECTIVE EDUCATION<br />
  19. 19. WHY HAVEN’T SCHOOLS CHOSEN AFFECTIVE EDUCATION?(CHARACTER ED.)<br />
  20. 20. -lack of time<br />-lack of reliable/valuable assessments-parental & educators assumption of “good grades = good character”<br />-standardized tests are first priority<br />
  21. 21. OurMethodologyProvide opportunities for:-Community involvement-Partnerships at our virtual school, home, & community-Ethical dilemma blogs & readings (past & present)-On line Role plays-Self assessments (academic & non-academic)-Integrated across curriculum<br />
  22. 22. Assessments to include:-leadership skills, traits, characteristics-brainstorming-problem-solving-goal-setting-conflict resolution strategies<br />
  23. 23. A WINNING HAND!<br />When presented with an event, the 21st Century Digital Age Student takes control and creates an action towards the positive & is not simply reacting against the negative.<br />

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