Character Education Programs Needed in Public Schools

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In schools all throughout the world, no two students are going to learn at the same pace, or behave the same way in a classroom. Every student is going to come from a different family life and background. Each family will have a different set of rules which might be completely different than the rules stated in classrooms. Some students will have character education instilled in their home lives, while others will not. With the media portraying negative messages all around us, individuals’ attitudes and opinions of others has become pessimistic. In order to help eliminate this problem from worsening, some schools are implementing character education programs. The goals of character education programs in schools are instilled to help students learn important character traits early on in life. By teaching students essential character traits at a young age, self-confidence and peer interactions lead to positive development in other areas- academics. Hence, student performance is greater in school districts that implement character education programs than student performance in school districts that do not implement character education programs. Moreover, students in program schools have higher academic achievement, show more respectful behaviors, have better peer and teacher relationships, and a higher sense of self-esteem. Battistich, Schaps, and Wilson conducted a follow-up study to examine the effects of a comprehensive elementary - school intervention program, The Child Development Project. Battistich et al. describes The Child Developmental Project (CDP) as, “a comprehensive, whole school intervention program that seeks to foster students’ social, ethical, and intellectual development through helping elementary scho... ... middle of paper ... ... classroom. Moreover, a safe learning environment allows students to become lifelong learners who are able to love, work, and act as responsible members of the community. Works Cited Battistich, V. “Effects of an elementary school intervention on students’ “connectedness” to school and social adjustment during middle school.” Development Studies Center, 2004:1-14. Print. Josephson Institute. Character Counts. Web. 31 October 2013. Martin, D. & Martin, M. Implementing a family/school partnership in an urban elementary school to reduce negative behavior and increase academic achievement. Family Therapy, 34. 3 (2007): 141-152. Print. McDaniel, A.K. Character education: Developing effective programs. Journal of Extension, 36. 2 (1998): 1-9. Print Schaffer, Frank. Character Education. North Carolina: Carson Dellorosa, 2003. Print.
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