What is Character Education?
As defined by Dr. Thomas Lickona, character education is the deliberate effort to develop virtues that are good for the individual and good for society. The objective goodness of virtues is based on the fact that they:
- •Affirm our human dignity
- •Promote the well-being and happiness of the individual
- •Serve the common good
- Define our rights and obligations
- Meet the classical ethical tests of reversibility (Would you want to be treated this way?) and universalizability (Would you want all persons to act this way in a similar situation?).
Developing positive character traits among youth is vital in today’s society. As a National School of Character Imagine School at Town Center infuses Character Education into the climate and daily routines of our students.
August = Ambition (Goal Setting, determination and hard work)
September= Enthusiasm (Positive attitude, strong excitement towards student activities, school and community)
Friday, September 13th – Celebrate National Character Day (School Day event)
October= Integrity ( Stands up for beliefs, follows conscience, lives by principles no matter what others say, has the courage to do what is right, and builds and guards reputation.)
Monday, October 2nd – Celebrate Character Expo (6-7)
November =Responsibility (Does what they are supposed to do, perseveres: keeps on trying, always does their best, uses self-control, is self-disciplined.)
December = Service Learning. (How are you giving back to the community?) Preparation of Character Essays, Surveys and Promising Practice Lessons.
January = Honesty (Trustworthy, always tells the truth, is sincere, is forthright & candid, is not sneaky, tricky or deceptive.)
February= Perseverance (Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.)
March = Respect (Treats others with respect., is tolerant of differences, uses good manners, not bad language, is considerate of the feelings of others, doesn’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone.)
April = Compassion ( Is kind, loving and considerate, expresses gratitude, is empathetic towards others shortcomings, is not mean, cruel or insensitive, helps people in need.)
May= Caring (displaying kindness and concern for others. Tender and warmhearted.)