Put focus on the students not AYP

Published 7:03pm Tuesday, October 8, 2013

We have to teach our students how to achieve at valuable costs, instead of getting things by any means necessary. From my perspective, character education differs from math and reading. They are like two sides of a coin of which each side is needed in order to become valuable. We are strengthening the character of our community by ensuring that our students also learn about core values that are centered on hard work, caring relationships, respect for others, and meaningful acquisitions.

Do not get me wrong. Reading, biology, math and other subjects are important to mankind any day, but what is of extreme importance is the type of person learning the subjects. I know some people in our system are doing their best relative to character education. This article is not about what is not being done at all. It is about what needs to be intensified.

Most school systems that commit to character education endeavor to become the microcosm of a loving, civil, respectful, and peaceful community. They look beyond Annual Yearly Progress and endeavor to achieve by developing meaningful and caring relationships among students and between school and families. It bothers me when parents perceive the Board as antagonist when we should be partners. It bothers me when parents’ concerns are not properly addressed. It bothers me when parents are afraid to speak up.

The truth is that that caring relationship promotes the desire to learn and the aspiration to be a good person. Similarly, when school and parents respect each other properly, this value is likely to be passed down to the student through the staff and the parents. Character building is ongoing and we are all affected. The more people improve in character, the better their society becomes. A community that cares appropriately enjoys peace and love in their council meetings, school board meetings, classrooms, school corridors, churches, school buses, principal’s offices, parks, hospitals and shopping centers.

Some behavioral scientists and some psychologists may disagree with me on this, but as a Christian, I stalwartly believe that there is no substitute for using God or our Lord Jesus Christ in building character. Fear and love of God teach you a whole lot. The reason that people intentionally hurt others is because they care less about the offended.

One of the first things a child or a person learns when you introduce God to them is creation in the book of Genesis. When you learn and believe in creation, the likelihood of respecting another human being becomes inevitable, regardless of what makes you different. When a child learns to trust in God, the child is likely to be focused and hopeful on God, even when things do not go his or her way. No motivational speech is comparable to getting a child to accept Jesus and believe that greater is the Lord that he or she has than any evil arrow thrown at him.

A student who learns that God shall supply all needs will not do wrong when the supplied needs have not yet arrived. Furthermore, he or she learns to believe that there’s never anything to regret about waiting on God’s time.

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