Character Education Ethical Choices. National Organization Character Counts! www.charactercounts.org. Complied by: Joy Rousseau, 2003. True Education.
Complied by: Joy Rousseau, 2003
Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills
· Verbal / Linguistic
Logical / Mathematical
Visual / Spatial
· Body / Kinesthetic
· Musical / Rhythmic
· Intrapersonal (within one’s self – reflection, depth of thinking)
· Interpersonal (cooperation, negotiation, collaboration – Six Pillars
Analyzing what we need to Become and setting Goals
. Some teachers think that by teaching ethics in an indirect manner that children will absorb good character. However, research and good educational practices have proven that children need to have concrete, real-world, direct approaches to new concepts and ideas.
8. Balance independence and control – guided practice & debriefing – Help children to “grow” a good conscience instead of anesthetizing their conscience with rationalizations. Remember that we have some very powerful instincts...to do what we think is best for ourselves, pursuing self-interest, happiness, health, love, sex, security, wealth, status, power – these are natural preoccupations of most people. They must be tempered with self-discipline, tenacity, and courage to do what is right.
All individuals are important and the well-being of each is a moral end in itself; never treat others as simply the means for your own gain or gratification.
Respect is Given NOT demanded
“I will treat you like a gentleman, not because you are one, but because I am one”
In Groups of 4
Build a T Chart --- “Teachers Respect to Students”
Label 1 side “What it does not look like”
Label 2 side “What it does look like”
We are responsible for our attitudes.
--John Fitzgerald Kennedy
First of ALL: “It is much more difficult to know what is fair than what is unfair. A just person is never knowingly unfair”—Michael Josephson
Being Fair is a moral obligation
Treat ALL people fairly
Listen to others & try to understand what they are feeling and saying.
Rushing judgment is UNFAIR.
Unfortunately, one man’s justice is another man’s injustice; one man’s beauty another’s ugliness; one man’s wisdom another’s folly”
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
The innocent love justice, everyone else prefers mercy. -- Michael Josephson
Persons with little skill, talent or hard work are not “entitled” to anything except what they need.
If you need to be liked or approved of by everyone, avoid accepting responsibility that requires tough choices. Charges of unfairness come with the territory.