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CHARACTER EDUCATION BOOSTS ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT – WE NEED BOTH
As students, those of us over the age of 50 were taught to respect ourselves, our teachers, our elders and our community. Today, in many schools and communities, respect of any kind seems to have largely fallen by the wayside. In such schools and community children who are overtly respectful are often teased by others and called ugly names. According to the article in Deseret News, listed below: “Most would agree that our educational establishments, in addition to teaching academic skills and imparting intellectual information, have a responsibility to teach social principles and impart practical life skills.”
Character education boosts academic achievement
Deseret News, Celia Baker, 03/10/2013
Character education at school is often touted as a way to help students become better citizens. But teaching kids skills and values like respect, honesty and persistence improves their academic success, too.
That could mean that the time it takes to teach values at school — often viewed as an intrusion on busy school schedules — might be worth spending. Discussions about teaching character at school have a couple of friction points, though.
"Some challenge the notion of the public schools, rather than families, being charged with teaching values," the story said. "They are concerned about whose values will be taught. Others, however, maintain that schools and families should share the job of nurturing character."