Dealing with a difficult child is one of those necessary tasks in education and parenting that we would all choose to forgo if given the opportunity. The fact remains that dealing with these kids provides an excellent opportunity to shape and mold a student’s character.

Today at the National Forum on Character Education, educators looking for strategies and tactics to deal with these students were able to dig deeper into effective techniques for success through an excellent In-Depth workshop. The workshop lead by Retired Judge Irene Sullivan and parenting expert Scott Sells covered a variety of topics ranging from fights and bullying in schools to the role of parenting in character education.

Some of the following questions shaped the backbone of this informative session.

  • Why do kids fail even when they have participated in a character education program?
  • Who should share the responsibility of character failures?
  • How would I as an educator handle these students differently?

Workshop attendees took away a ton of useful information. Perhaps none more important than the poignant comment made by one attendee, “you can’t fix kids until you fix families.” Character education begins in the home and continues at every interaction we have.  Each one of us has the responsibility to impact the lives of the children we encounter on a daily basis. Dealing with difficult students effectively, can mold and shape the next generation into ethical citizens.