Sunday, February 24, 2013
Food For Thought on Character Education
So... I got to thinking about the middle school child and all that they endure during these transitional years. If you work in middle school you know first hand the immense change that occurs from 6th-8th grade. These kiddos go through a huge academic, social and emotional transformation during the tween years. While perusing a handful of old report cards, the questions started flowing! (My poor husband will now be forced to engage in conversation on this topic over dinner.) We know that holding our students to high academic standards is a necessity, but are we holding them to high moral standards? Do we focus so much on the test, the content, the core, that we forget to recognize, teach and assess how our students are growing into respectable young adults? (We all have our own way of bringing character development into our classrooms. Some use literature, prizes/rewards or just verbal praise, but is it enough?) Food for thought: Is the age of academic accountability overshadowing character education?
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