Effective community-wide character education requires advance preparation and commitment from everyone. That is because character education teaches students to recognize honorable behavior and its absence. The district cannot tolerate a double standard of behavior and expect the lessons to succeed.
- Everyone should be exposed to the concepts.
- “Everyone” includes Administrators, Secretaries, Unions, Security Staff, Cafeteria Staff, Coaches, Teachers, Students, Maintenance Staff and Parents.
- For teachers, sessions on the possibilities. While everyone needs to understand their responsibilities, teachers have the extra obligation to integrate it into the curriculum.
- Everyone needs to master the value of the concepts, which require nothing more than understanding the mission of the district.
- Periodic brief readings can be made available by email or on the web.
- Demonstration of mastery or understanding is important.
- Participation may mean change.
- Some teachers don‚t care to do things that are different from what they have been currently doing.
- They still have an obligation to their students and the district which may extra discusson to assure understanding.
- Everyone needs to learn how to treat others with respect.
- A few staff have the habit of operating by intimidation. Their preferred style is to exert authority in a loud and demeaning way.
- The moral authority shouldn’t be the power authority.
- At each school, every constituency should be represented in a board ˆ students, teachers, staff, parents, administrators, Board of Education members. Their only authority is the power to discuss and to understand.