Character Education is a structured program to teach children good behavior traits. The usual traits include respect, caring, self-discipline, honesty—typical characteristics that most people would agree are indicative of a “good” person.
There are all kinds of ways to teach good character from teaching the definition, rewarding good behavior, and giving examples. Of course, the best way to teach good character is by actual example.
Together, teachers and parents work together to encourage children to have good character. When the system works, children grow up to be happy, productive citizens.
I would like to propose a few more “soft” traits that I think should be included in every program of character education. I believe these traits are important because they create well-rounded children who are fulfilled. These are independent thinking, creativity, and finding their passion.
1. Independent Thinking
First, I think independent thinking should be encouraged. If our children can think independently, they can think outside of the box and come up with solutions that are better than rote answers. By being independent thinkers, they are no longer dependent on others, but think critically and logically to form conclusions. I think independent thinkers are self-assured and bring solutions to the community.
I would also like to include being creative. I believe creativity is natural in children. If we can encourage their creativity, we will help them become well-rounded children. The arts are what bring happiness and healing to the community.
Lastly, I think we want to encourage children in finding their passion. It’s important for children to find what really excites them. Exposing our children to all kinds of different experiences will help open the door to them finding their passion. This is important because when they find their passion, they light up. They work harder. They are happier. They find their purpose in life. They enhance the world.
So, these “softer” traits (independent thinking, creativity, and passion), I believe are just as important as the usual good character traits.
Do you agree? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this…