Teaching Ethical Integrity in School
In recent years, the country has seen the youths of this great nation lack moral character and judgment. The breakdown of our youth stems from many reasons, popular culture, bad parenting, and lack of role models. The popularity of beguiled celebrity and popular culture has not enforced respectable role models for our youths. Unfortunately, many parents are not teaching their children values and respect. The responsibility of developing ethics all too often rest on the education systems. Building character and cultivating values in our youth demands teaching these principals to children. Schools can incorporate ethics and values in subjects such as reading, history, and science. It is eminent for schools to incorporate character education as a part of the curriculum and standards of our education system.
Promoting early development of ethical values in children teaches a child to live a virtuous life. The education system has long taught students to be good citizens and they have endorsed not plagiarizing. Character education goes further according to Character Education Partnership [CEP], (2008), which has defined character education as “caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and respect for self and others–along with supportive performance values–such as diligence, a strong worth ethic, and perseverance–form the basis of good character.” Character education programs encourage school curriculum to advocate problem-solving skills for students, based on using the six- pillars of character. By teaching emotional management, anger control, impulse control, and stress management, the education system can help produce quality individuals. These standards help decrease crime, violence, and school dropouts that have plagued our country (CEP, 2008).
The decline of morals in our nation youths is evident in the news each day. The statistics about the youth of this great nation are alarming....