I think it is very important for my children to learn about what is right and wrong. I try to give them examples and life experiences each day about what is right and wrong.” (L. Johnson, personal communication, April 9, 2020). I believe that it is not the sole responsibility of the parent to teach and raise a child to instill moral character, but it is the responsibility of the school and community to have a role in this also. Ouryouth are subjected to thousands of negative effects through the mass media and their friends every day, combine with the depressing statistic that most parents are spending less and less timewith their children. Students need the tools, skills and guidance to be able to handle the difficulties that are placed on them by society. I believe that therefore educators have a responsibility to bring moral and ethical development into their teaching. Through the future instructional strategies that I have decided to implement into my classroom, I believe my students would gain the much needed moral and ethical guidance that they need to develop into the model citizens that this world deserves. These strategies are gearedto give my students real life role models to emulate instead of just reading about people in
CHARACTER EDUCATION INTERVIEW 7textbooks or online. I believe that having a person that is within their community to model their behaviors to may have a greater impact then those that they may read about, for they can witness firsthand the role models behaviors. Ms. Johnson (personal communication, April 9, 2020) stated, “I feel that there is a lot of good and bad within society. We see it every day. We experience injustice within our society but on the other hand we also experience heart-felt acts inour society, which can be displayed on social media, TV and online. I think it is important to address these situations as they occur, because it is an important learning tool to teach my children about what is acceptable and what is not.” When students try to emulate celebrities, I donot believe that they are getting the one-hundred percent truth about what morals and ethics that the celebrity really holds, it is purely an image that the celebrity may be trying to portray. But as Ms. Johnson stated, I think that as parents and teachers, we all need to take all the experiences of a person and use them as learning tools to help guide our children and students down the right path of life.
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