In educational contexts, ‘character’ is often considered to refer to how ‘good’ a person is – in other words, a person who exhibits personal qualities which fit with those considered desirable by a society might be considered to have a good character and developing such personal qualities is often then seem as a purpose of education. Commonly emphasized qualities include honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Additional thoughts, ideas and definitions include:
- character is what you do when no one’s watching
- character is needed to lead a good life
- character is higher than intellect
- character is the only secure foundation of any community
- character is defined by what you do
Character education is defined as the deliberate, proactive effort to develop good character in people—or, more simply, to teach children right from wrong. It assumes that right and wrong do exist, that there are objective moral standards that transcend individual choice—standards like respect, responsibility, honesty, and fairness—and that we should teach these directly to young children.
The following facets can be identified in character education programs:
- direct teaching of character values within the school curricula
- high expectation for responsible behavior
- a process for implementing positive values when making decisions
- visual reinforcement of character values to keep students focused on the words, concepts and behaviors
- a school culture that fosters positive peer recognition and empowers all members of the school community to exemplify behaviors consistent with respect and responsibility
- administrative, faculty, parent, learner and community involvement in decision making of the character education program
The Christian Education Program offered at the FBCC CDC forms the basis for the Character Education Program. The Character Education Program offered by the FBCC CDC is further enhanced, as it is orchestrated with the skills, values and powers of the classroom managements system, Conscious Discipline®. The FBCC CDC Character Education Program is comprehensive in nature. In Infant and Toddler School Families, the Character Education focus is respect; understood and expressed in feelings that we experience. In Young and Middle Preschool School Families, the focus is responsibility; understood and expressed in ‘I’ statements. In Pre and Junior Kindergarten School Families, the Character Education focus is respect, responsibility and service; understood and expressed in ‘I –you-we’ statements and acts of service.