This was posted on my birthday, last year, by Goodwill Librarian (on Facebook). Even though I do not know who Goodwill Librarian is nor do I think Goodwill Librarian knows who I am (it was a public post) – I ‘took it personally’ in only good ways and have finally decided to share it! Gotta love Dr. Seuss!
I have always been a strong proponent of the value of character education in school. A large part of my role as Assistant Principal is dealing with student discipline issues, which can, at times, lead me to feeling quite cynical about human nature. I asked myself, the other day, if the rapid growth of social networking, multimedia and web technologies has (or should have) an impact on character education. I can’t answer the question. Good character is good character, right? Have web technologies changed our values? Maybe. I generally choose to look at technological developments as tools and yet, I do think that we are being shaped by our use of some of these tools and our standards for acceptable behaviour are impacted. What do you think? I’m very interested to know what others think.
I have used Character Counts!© as a valuable resource and recommend it (full disclosure: I am a trained character education trainer… by the Josephson Institute for Ethics, who developed Character Counts!©). I would also love to know about other tried and true resources for character education in school.
An interesting article related to this is, “Smart and Good Schools: A Paradigm Shift for Character Education”
Welcome to my blog! I’ll start with something ‘balance’ related to be true to one of my guiding principles. Most people I talk to tend to agree that moderation/balance is important. Yet, when we’re caught up in the frenzied moments of work responsibilities, family responsibilities and the desire to live life… well, it’s a lot easier said than done. It’s also easy to say, “ just step back and reflect”. There’s no doubt that reflection is a valuable step in helping us balance all of life’s ‘acts’. It takes work, though. So, build it in to your daily schedule. Make it a habit.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
For me, reading the blogs that I subscribe to takes about 10 minutes a day (if I do it daily). Reflecting on them can take anywhere from a minute to 15 minutes additional time. The nice thing about reflection is that you can do it while exercising, which also helps one lead a balanced life… (thanks to Andy Torris for providing a prompt for this reflection and prodding me to get my blog going!).