In Part III of Digital Community, Digital Citizen
, I create a hypothetical "ideal school board" whose members want to pursue digital citizenship in their school district. This leads them to consider how "character education" -
a pre-digital age era movement to infuse ethics and character development
into public education - can be adapted to the issues of living in the digital age.
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Primary sources used for the book
Character Education Partnership (CEP) is a national advocate and
leader for the character education movement. Based in Washington, DC, we
are a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations
and individuals committed to fostering effective character education in
our nation's schools.
We are an umbrella organization for character education, serving as
the leading resource for people and organizations that are integrating
character education into their schools and communities.
CEP's membership includes the nation's leading education
organizations, and its board of directors is made up of corporate
leaders and experts in the field of character education.
CEP focuses on defining and encouraging effective practices and
approaches to quality character education and provides a forum for the
exchange of ideas.
Here are quick links to CEP resources referenced in Digital Community, Digital Citizen:
Important books, articles
Character Education & Ethics Inventories
There are many "ethics inventories" that groups have created to guide organizations and educational efforts. Listed below are just a few of them.
- HeartwoodEthics.org. Heartwood has collected a number of inventories that are worth considering:
- Other ethical attributes. A list of other ethical attributes to be considered in developing an ethical inventory.
- Other codes of ethics. A collection of ethical codes that come from diverse groups, including the Boy Scouts, Confucious and TAE KWON-DO.
Other approaches, resources
- Character Development Center, University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Services. From the website: "Mission statement: To serve teacher educators, students in teacher education
programs, K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, parents and
caregivers who desire to participate in the character development of
children and youth....To promote among the young and those who work with
them the development of life skills necessary for a productive personal
and social life."
Education State of Education Address 2007, from Superintendent
O'Connell on the status of education in California. From the website:
"Is our only objective to get students ready for success in the
workforce? Do we not also have a responsibility to prepare students to
be active and engaged citizens? Don't we want our next generation to be
caring neighbors, effective parents, and strong role models for the
generation after theirs? Aren't we obligated to provide them with the
skills they need to successfully pursue and achieve happiness and joy in
their lives? I think we are, and I believe technological change and the
global economy make it more important than ever that we focus on these
things." State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell.
- Character Plus Local Education Agency, St. Louis, MO. From the website: "Our Mission: To develop positive character traits in young people by providing a high
quality character education process and resources to schools, homes,
and communities." Includes lesson plans.
of Character Education, from The Language of Learning: A Guide
to Education Terms, by J. L.
McBrien & R. S. Brandt, pp. 17-18, 1997, Alexandria, VA: Association
for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
- Good Character.com, by Charis Denison. From the website: "If you work with kids, and you need to implement character education tomorrow, and you want some immediate help, this is where to start. But if your character education program is cruising, and you just want some additional ideas and materials, this is also where to start." Includes "The Daily Dilemma," a series of moral and ethical discussion starters to be used with students.
- Six Pillars of Character, from the Josephson Institute. From the website: "Mission: To improve the ethical quality of society by
changing personal and organizational decision making and behavior."
Readers' Character Education Resources
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