Changing Education to Shape the Future: A Framework for Modern Character Education
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Generation X and its predecessors regularly lament the lack of respect and attention to traditional ethics and morals that characterize the Millennia! Generation. While they are not wrong in their perceptions, their assessment of the value that the Millennia! Generation has to our ever-changing society is grossly inaccurate. The Millennia! Generation is at large a powerful group of collaborative and success-driven individuals; however, they need a certain amount of training to assimilate successfully into a professional world that integrates all generations. Education is the place for this to occur. Morality, ethics, and character-based education have been used throughout the history of schools in America. This study chronicles the history of character education in America, analyzes the characteristics of modem students in secondary schools, determines the criteria and purpose of successfully integrated character education, and ultimately provides a framework that integrates character education and standards for teachers to use with high school students. Limitations, revisions, topics for further study and implications are also presented. This study and framework will ultimately give educators source material to both reshape the character of future generations of students to produce a stronger, more successful society and reinvigorate those students' interest and engagement in academic standard-based curriculums.