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The Movie “ Lean On Me ” is about a principal named Joe Clark who turns an entire high school that was failing into a school that was pleasant to attend. Seider (2012), states that “character is the possession of refinement of particular qualities, such as patience, humility, or respectfulness (p. 21). Joe Clark is a man that displays character and virtue. Berowitz defines character by using a phrase “motivate and enable” which means that character is not only having motivation to do the right thing but also developing the requisite skills and competencies (Seider, 2012, p. 21). Joe Clark dealt with many issues in the movie but the issue that most stands out to me that he handled with character is the issue of drugs and students that are at school “just because”. Mr. Clark dealt with this issue with his perseverance and diligence. Mr. Clark also displayed other performance characters in this movie such as creating a safe and supportive learning community and creating a culture of excellence. (Character education Partnership, 2008) says that when “schools are charged with formidable challenges, [they] face a related yet more immediate set of challenges: Maintaining a safe and supportive environment Achieving adequate yearly progress on external academic standards Reducing drop-outs (30% nationally, as high as 50% in some urban areas) Improving students’ performance on international tests Helping all students achieve and work to their potential, not just attain better grades or higher test scores (CEP, 2008, p.8) Mr. Clark possessed many performance and moral character traits to get the job done especially to get the schools’ minimal basic skills test scores to increase. Mr. Clark created a safe
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