CHARACTER EDUCATION THROUGH SCHOOL ABSTRACT
"Character education is the foundation of all education (Galluzzo & Pankrata, 1990)." It is the means for individual and collective advancement. Human development and progress are based upon the spiritual capacities of knowing and loving. All schools, not just institutions of in-depth learning (high schools), must provide the moral training and character education necessary for well being. Religion plays an indispensable role in the development of character. Moral and character training should be realized through service to humanity.
Character education involves excellence in all things, including intellectual and physical development. Schools must develop the means for character education to advance and consultative bodies should be formed to develop a consensus of common and important moral values. Educators have the responsibility of giving students the capacity to independently investigate truth and develop their moral and spiritual natures. The earlier character education is begun the more effective is it.
"The foundational principle of schooling is character education (Galluzzo & Pankrata, 1990)." All other education is related to and depends on this foundation.
For instance, if a child is well trained in knowledge, but lacks character, that knowledge will prove only harmful, not only to the person, but also to society. "Character education involves moral training and discipline (Galluzzo & Pankrata, 1990)." Students must be taught correct conduct and behavior. Each expert of human development I researched concluded that character education is vitally important and should, at all costs, be taught while the human mind still develops - in the classroom. In order to understand the logic for teaching moral behavior in public education institutions, one must first look at the need for character education, the teaching of character education itself (Dr. Dettrick), the fears of character education (Hanley, 1994), the role of the teacher, and the role...