Will character education be taught in school?
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt wants teacher training colleges to include the teaching of resilience and character in their course. He said that there is "growing evidence that character can be taught" and it is "vitally important in preparing young people for the economy of the future". But how will school implement character education? What role will teachers and parents have in that process?
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This is already part of the curriculum of many elementary schools. They call it Social Emotional Learning. They have a list of qualities like courage, integrity, honesty, etc... that they highlight in various ways for a month at a time in some schools. There is a written curriculum that goes along with videos.
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I think in the Early Years curriculum then certainly some of the key characteristics of effective learning outlined in the new EYFS 2014 cover character development. For example under 'Active Learning' then that looks at how children are encouraged to 'keep on trying' in the face of challenges or difficulties (ref. resilience). As children progress, however, there is an increasing emphasis on acquiring knowledge and facts, so it becomes more of a challenge for the education system to continue to support that development. The younger we start and focus on character development the better of course, so that our young people will be able to better compete in an increasingly interconnected world. As parents, we have a crucial role to play in character development, starting from a very young age, and with the right tools we can unlock our children's creative and innovative potential through play and having fun.****