By Maricarmen Esper, Character Education Author and Speaker
If we educate in academics, we have the responsibility to teach ethics, social-emotional learning, virtues, values, character. We as educators, parents and teachers must integrate character education in all our school and home activities.
I am so happy about this year’s National Forum on Character Education title: “Mapping Success: Linking Smart and Good,” because if as a world community, we want to grow good societies, honest citizens, members of families who live with integrity and educate for character; if we want schools developing the moral and intellectual part of human beings towards building a better world, we all need to link and integrate Good (Character) with Smart (Academic, Extracurricular and more content) with strategies in an intentional way.
When I give the Workshop based on my book “How to Educate in Ethical Values”, I insist to the audience, about our duty to teach values intentionally with a specific strategy, if we are teaching academics.
Certainly, when we give the students, information, tools, processes, procedures, facts, or whatever we are teaching, our sense of responsibility tells us that we must promote, instill and teach at the same time the ethical and human values the world urgently need. We can’t, we must not, give tools, information or knowledge without including and integrating virtues, good attitudes and values to that knowledge, ability or skill we taught. Why? Because, since we do not manage all the variables influencing a person (mass media, social media, family formation, social environment, friends, internet, books, own history, hidden curriculum, plus the own ideas and mindset of any person) we must have the commitment to teach any subject or ability with the ethical and human values to increase the possibility that the student will be a good persons and will use that tools and knowledge for good.
On the other hand, if we have the privilege of being a professional educator, (we all are educators, even if we don’t work in a school, since with our example, words and actions we teach the good or the bad) we have the responsibility of teaching for good, for ethics, for character education.
If as a global educational community we want to have SUCCESS, we, all educators, must be SMART and integrate strategies to educate for the GOOD in our everyday life, as in our educative work.
It’s not too late to attend the 2015 National Forum on Character Education. Hop in a car or on a plane and join us in Atlanta. You can register at the door! Can’t make it in person? For the first year ever we will be offering a LIVESTREAM of all of the keynotes and breakout sessions in the ballroom. Sign up now!