Character Education Counts!

Counselor Corner

Angela Rains, RMS Counselor

 

 Character Education is the ongoing process of helping youth develop good character. A young person with good character will understand, care about, and act upon core ethical traits such as respect, responsibility, honesty, courage, self discipline, and caring for others. Effective character education helps make schools more civil and caring communities, where students can achieve academically and become prepared to be responsible citizens and productive members of society.

 

The primary responsibility for developing good character in a child belongs to the parents. Community members, as well as school personnel, share in reinforcing and supporting the efforts of the parents to model and teach good character education. Our school takes it even one step further by recognizing students that exhibit good character. We do this through our weekly “Good Deeds Board” and the “Student of the Month” program. We focus on the following traits:

 

  • Responsibility- being accountable for ones own actions
  • Respect- showing consideration for self, others, property and country
  • Citizenship- showing respect, pride and allegiance for our country
  • Caring- treating others with kindness and compassion
  • Honesty- being truthful with yourself and others
  • Courage- having the strength to practice positive character traits
  • Fairness- treating others in a consistent, impartial way
  • Self-Discipline- having the ability to control oneself, for the sake of improvement

 

In an age when youth are increasingly influenced by the media, technology and their peers, it is critically important that parents take a strong role in their children’s moral development. Take a few moments to review the following recommendations offered as food for thought:

 

  • Model good character at home
  • Make clear statements about your values and beliefs to your child
  • Teach expectations of right and wrong to your children and encourage them to live up to them even when others do not
  • Set limits- insist they be respected
  • Assign home responsibilities
  • Know where your children are, whom they are with, and what they are doing
  • Monitor texting, facebook communication, emails and tweeting
  • Refuse to cover for your children or make excuses for their inappropriate behavior
  • Expect your child to treat others with courtesy and respect
  • Help your child understand that a reputation (good or bad) is easy to get but difficult to change
  • Understand that you child will mess up and make mistakes…this is part of the learning process
  • Remember that you are the adult! Children don’t need another buddy…they NEED a parent/guardian who cares enough to set and enforce appropriate limits

 

                                                                Watch your thoughts: they become

                                                                                    words

                                                                Watch your words, they become

                                                                                            actions

                                                                Watch your actions; they become

                                                                                        habits

                                                                Watch your habits; they become

                                                                                            character

                                                                Watch your character; it becomes

                                                                                                your destiny

                                                                                                           By: Frank Outlaw

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