The purpose of this research paper is to investigate the effectiveness of character education programs and how technology can be used to enhance student learning about character education. According to Laura and Malcolm Gauld (2002)" For families, educators, corporations, and communities, the biggest job we'll ever have is nothing less than a new paradigm for reconnecting education with core values." (p.1) The world of education is at a place where they are placing extreme importance on teaching our students values. This paper will discuss the true meaning of character education, give ideas on how to incorporate character education, and give examples of technology that is helping this process. Items such as the computer blocking software and parental controls will be explained. All of these things will make up what character education means to our students and schools.
Defining Character Education
Before we discuss methods of character education we must first define the term. Many sources define character education as different things but all reach one general view.
In the book, Bringing a New Era in Character Education Damon (2002) says, “there are two themes needed in character education today. The first is a consensus that fundamental moral standards must be passed along to the young and that educators at all levels bear a serious obligation to transmit these core standards to their students…The second theme that emerges from this volume is a shared determination to get rid of sterile old oppositions that have paralyzed even some of the best efforts in this field over the past decade.”(p.11) Damon’s view is a summary of the definition of all those involved in character education. The goal of character education is teach our children in our school morals and values. Ebsco thesaurus defines morals as “principles and standards which determine the extent to which human action or conduct is right or wrong.”(ebso) It is our job as teachers to make sure that our kids are equipped with a basis of morals and values, so they have some thing to hold on to when they leave the classroom.
Without this education students will not necessarily learn the value of right and wrong and how to function in society as a law-abiding citizen.. Character education, as most things do contain rules and principles. There are list of different things that are included in the proper was to teacher students what exactly character education is exactly. Here is an example of a few of the principles that would be outlined in a character education based classroom. Your character is defined by what you do, not what you say or believe.
A. Good character requires doing the right thing, even when it is costly or risky.
C. You don't have to take the worst behavior of others as a standard for yourself. You can choose to be better than that.
D. What you do matters and one person can make a big difference.
E. The payoff for a good character is...