Why do we teach character education in our school?
I know that parents want nothing more than for their children to grow up respecting others and for them to be well mannered. That is exactly why character education is an important part of our TMSA Tigers school day! Success in life takes more than academia and learning how to work with others that may look and act differently is truly important.
I also know that the main reason parents enroll their students into school, is to get a good education. They will learn Math, Science, Social Studies and History, but to become somebody is far better than being anybody. So to go above and beyond the skills necessary for success in each grade level, I really believe that teaching character is right up there with all of those important skills. Character education fosters the development of ethics and responsibility and teaches about values people should have. It teaches the value of caring about others, being honest and all the things that makes for outstanding citizens!
We need this in schools today more than ever before. Our young people are exposed to so many negative influences through music, TV, social media, peers and if you think about it, more and more of our parents are spending less time with the demands of work and other responsibilities. Character education helps them to learn to cope and provide them with tools they will need to be successful.
Not only that, but I believe character education will also help foster better relationships with classmates, peers, teachers and staff. That can only be a win-win situation and will overall improve their academics!
Each month we will focus on a different character trait throughout the year. We will provide resources through our school counselor with lessons and activities as well as information for families to learn about how the lessons can continue at home. Together we can grow our citizens to be great role models just by sharing the same message at school and at home!
TMSA Elementary Principal