Thinking About Character Education

There was a time when all children had at least one parent stay home every day so that the children could come home for lunch and have a parent be at home. Besides a parent there also may be one or two grandparents that also lived in the same house with them. It was not unusual to have two or three generations of a family live in the same home. When this happened the children had numerous people who could and would shape their thoughts and minds. These different sets of parents or grandparents would have a lot of input in how the child thought or acted. They would be taught responsibility in the home along with other values that would eventually build their character education.

Today there is often no parent at home and a child does not always come home from school for lunch but will spend an entire day in the school or the school yard. There may not even be a parent waiting for that child to come home form school. They used to be called latch key kids but unfortunately there are far too many that fall in this category to call them latch key kids. Today it may be almost all of the kids fall into this category. So there will not be someone to greet them nor is there a person who will continually help the child with character education at all. Then just who is assigned this task? It generally falls to a teacher at the school or perhaps a scout leader or even someone at a church if they attend one regularly.

Character education means just that, to develop character of a child so that they have the ability to distinguish right from wrong. So they can stay focused on their school work or other hobbies or tasks they may have to complete. This character development is necessary in today’s world just as it was twenty or thirty years ago. And if parents cannot provide it then the parents should be thinking about how their child is going to develop character.

Character implies so many positive words. It includes the words such as honesty and respect. Character requires courage and self discipline. When an adult goes to work they have to have integrity and so does a child as he or she gets older and enters the work force. But a child must have all of these things just to live a good life. If a child has been taught the rules of fairness then they may also have the courage of their convictions when faced with a dilemma or even some choices. Children are not born with these character traits but some children seem to acquire them faster than others. And a lot of this can be attributed to their living environment which includes their schools.