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PRACTICAL ETHICS
Helping Students Lead Productive, Principled,
and Fulfilling Lives
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PRACTICAL ETHICS – SECTION
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Section 1
What is character education?
 Why teach character education?
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Section 2
The history of character education
 Curriculum and character education
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Section 3
Constructs of character education
 The principles of effective character education
 Developing authentic character education
 Conclusion
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WHAT IS CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
How does the State of California define character
education?
 What does character education really mean?
 What values should be addressed in a character
education program?
 Can these virtues be effectively addressed at
school?
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WHAT IS CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
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How does the State of California define character
education?
Each teacher shall endeavor to impress upon the minds of the pupils
the principles of morality, truth, justice, patriotism, and a true
comprehension of the rights, duties, and dignity of American
citizenship, and the meaning of equality and human dignity,
including the promotion of harmonious relations, kindness toward
domestic pets and the humane treatment of living creatures, to teach
them to avoid idleness, profanity, and falsehood, and to instruct them
in manners and morals and the principles of a free government.
Each teacher is also encouraged to create and foster an environment
that encourages pupils to realize their full potential and that is free
from discriminatory attitudes, practices, events, or activities, in order
to prevent acts of hate violence.
California Education Code Section 233.5a
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WHAT IS CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
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What does character education really mean?
Character education is the deliberate effort to cultivate virtue.
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WHAT IS CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
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What values should be addressed in a character
education program?
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WHAT IS CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
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Can these virtues be effectively addressed at
school?
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WHY TEACH CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
Sustain Our Civilization
 Improve Academic Performance
 Decrease Transactional Costs
 Enhance Social Environment
 Satisfy Public Demand
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WHY TEACH CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
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Sustain Our Civilization
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WHY TEACH CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
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Improve Academic Performance
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WHY TEACH CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
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Decrease Transactional Costs
Efficiency
 Fiscal Savings
 Social Stability and Economic Well-Being
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WHY TEACH CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
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Enhance Social Environment
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Decrease teacher turn over
Reduce absenteeism
Minimize administrative overhead
Fewer maintenance and janitorial issues
Increased community and parental involvement
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WHY TEACH CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
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Satisfy Public Demand
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Source: Finding Common Ground: A Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools by Charles C. Haynes and Oliver Thomas, 2001
WHY TEACH CHARACTER
EDUCATION?
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Satisfy Public Demand
90% of the American public polled believes schools
should teach character traits to students
 40 states are recipients of federal character education
grants that either require or encourage character
education programs
 19 states address character education through
legislation
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11 states (including California) mandate
 8 states encourage character education
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Source: Finding Common Ground: A Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools by Charles C. Haynes and Oliver Thomas, 2001
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