With the support of parents, schools play an important role in character and citizenship education. Schools help students to develop civic responsibility, healthy attitude towards themselves and others and a commitment to lifelong learning. Character can be little things such as holding a door open for others to pass through, helping a friend in need, and having honesty and integrity. “To educate a person in mind, and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society” (Roosevelt, 2007).
Much of a child’s day is spent at school where they learn how to read, write and do arithmetic. These students are developing mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally from teachers, school counselors, administrators, support staff and other students. Weaving character education into the Greenfield International School’s curriculum encourages more students to think about treating others differently.
Six pillars of education will be incorporated into the curriculum i.e. trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
- Trustworthiness consists of honesty, integrity, reliability, and loyalty.
- Respect includes the precepts of the Golden Rule, tolerance, and courtesy.
- Responsibility involves hard work, economic self-reliance, accountability, diligence, perseverance, and self-control.
- Fairness encompasses justice, consequences of bad behavior, principles of nondiscrimination, and freedom from prejudice.
- Caring deals with kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, generosity, and charity.
- Citizenship includes patriotism, respect for the Pakistani flag, respect for National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, concern for the common good, respect for authority and the law, and community-mindedness.
Each pillar will be woven into school procedures and classroom instructions to develop good character of students. Students will develop a stronger commitment to doing what is right and a sense of fulfillment in making a positive difference in their school and community will be evidenced throughout their lifetime.