Another buzz word which means nothing.Just free the teachers to do
their job, and forget the fancy phrases.
Sorry, there is no sound evidence that character education works or is
needed.Why not mention of the only conclusive, scientific study ever
done? October 2010, a federal study, the largest and most thorough ever
conducted, found that school-wide Character Education programs produce exactly
ZERO improvements in student behavior or academic performance.The
Casel results are a joke. It's a meta-study; no original research was done.
At least the 2010 study had the intention to be scientific. But the Casel study
cited in the article is comprised of no more than anecdotal, participant-biased
storytelling.It's no surprise that the government researchers
found that each of 7 different programs studied failed. Just compare the values
of competing character education products. The lack of agreement between the
lists is damning! It also becomes obvious that the majority of the values are
concerned with conformity, submitting to authority, not making a fuss…One thing all these programs do agree on is what values are NOT included
on their lists of core values. Not found, even though they are fundamental to
our democracy are individualism, innovation, curiosity, critical thinking,
skepticism... What about "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy?" Ref: Wikipedia - Character Education
I taught for many years and never knew any teacher who did not do all they could
to teach and encourage good character in all their students.Contrary
to what some may believe, teachers really DO care.
One form of character education which would actually help save money is for
students to help clean the schools. When students have to help clean they are
less likely to make messes or do grafitti. This also gives students experience
with team work and leadership and responsibility. It's just as good or
better than sports and less expensive too.My suggestion? adopt this
idea and stop sports where students have to be bused to other schools to do
sports. use the money saved to improve education in schools.