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ERIC Number: EJ799022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Character Education--A Joint Responsibility
Brannon, Diana
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n8 p56-60 Apr 2008
Young children's beliefs about what is right and wrong traditionally have been strongly influenced by their families. However, today children often come to school with problematic behaviors and attitudes. Character education has become a necessity. Character education programs have a positive effect on achievement, classroom behaviors, and long-term test scores. They also reduce risk factors associated with school failure in middle and high school students. When parents are involved, the effects on students are clearly positive. Parent involvement results in students attaining higher academic achievement, more positive attitudes about homework, and improved perceptions of their own competence. Parents are their children's first and most important teachers. As children enter school, teachers join in the process of shaping children's minds, attitudes, and behaviors by forming a partnership with parents and administrators. While the importance of character education and parent involvement are obvious, the exact role of the school and teacher in the education of children's character is somewhat more unclear. In this article, the author suggests some things administrators can do to positively influence students' character and the climate of the school community. Five most successful ways of how teachers can include parents in character education programs are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois