ERIC Number: ED226484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Reawakening: Character Education and the Role of the School Board Member.
California School Boards Association, Sacramento.
The California School Boards Association (CSBA) established a task force to define the term "character education" and to clarify the needs of the public schools for curricula and instructional materials supporting character education. This report synthesizes the results of the task force's efforts. The failure of U.S. society's formal and informal educational systems to instill clear moral, ethical, and social values in young people is documented first. The report then describes the character education concept as education in several virtues that are required to maintain a democratic and humane society, notably altruism, compassion, courage, courtesy, generosity, honesty, industriousness, integrity, loyalty, obedience, punctuality, respect for authority, responsibility, self-discipline, self-respect, and tolerance. The role of boards of education in fostering and supporting character education efforts is described next, followed by recommendations for action by the CSBA. The report also suggests, very briefly, how school districts can find, recognize, and develop successful character education programs. (PGD)
Descriptors: Board of Education Role, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Moral Values, Social Values, Socialization, Student Needs
Publications, California School Boards Association, 916 23rd Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 ($2.00; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California School Boards Association, Sacramento.