Students’ Cognitive development

Children are always learning, always absorbing information, and mimicking adults’ behavior, and learning in the classroom from elementary school to college. Hence, it is very complicated to say that only parents have the rights to develop good moral values. For instance, a parent could be teaching the wrong things to a child but the “growing up in school” the student might learn what is right.

Good Moral values

Good moral values can be roughly refine as someone honest, respectful, kind, hard worker, and contributes to society. We all can agree that although moral values may varied by culture and person, a kind, respectful, and hard worker are good qualities in a person. Therefore, it is important to push these qualities on our students, even when they are not getting that at home. Students need their surrounding adults to guide them toward the right path. However, who guide our children? Parents, teachers? Or both?

Developing good moral values

Teachers should be involved in the character development of students; however, Parents should be more influential, in other words, the parents should have the trust and respect of a child. For instance, the ideal way it would be is that the parent was unquestionably the guide of the child and the teacher the academic guide. In addition, it is challenging for teachers to avoid addressing character development, as many rules governing school’s life relate to character development. For Instance, the idea of cheating in school refers to an essential character value, honesty. If a student is caught cheating on a test, odds are that student will face a lecture about morality. Parents play a small part in this discussion until the teacher calls home. However, when an educator decides to focus their teachings on a particular character curriculum, parents should play a role in the development of that lesson. Let’s be honest t ideally it makes sense for parents to be involved in the education of their children; however, that is not always the case. The idea of the debate between church and state is complex; since public schools are considered part of the country, since the government funds it. Therefore, any character development that is taught needs to be separate from the church. According to Ryan, Kevin; Bohlin, Karen Opposing Viewpoints: America’s Youth | 2003 | 0-7377-1218-X schools should have an agenda regarding teachers involvement in the students’ character development; they even go as far as to say that “Teaching is intrinsically and unavoidably a moral act. Schools and their classrooms and playgrounds are caldrons of moral matter, ethical issues, and the events that affect a young person’s character”. (1rstP) Additionally, I believe there are many restraints on teachers making the teaching of good moral qualities difficult to implement in the modern classroom.

Developing a student character using the idea of responsibility, for Instance, does not need to be done using religion as a base. This can be done in the classroom by teaching students something as basic as remembering to bring in a notebook and pencil to school. Moreover, the age level must play a factor in this discussion. Teachers who work at an elementary school level consistently influence the character development of their students, as following some rules tends to be embedded in much of the curriculum of elementary schools across the country. Moreover, with so much controversy regarding this issue, it is difficult for teachers to excel.

Teachers’ Role in good moral values

Asking teachers “Should I just worried only about the student academicals success and not students civic values?” thus making the teacher play a lesser role in the child’s’ life; according to Academic Instructors or Moral Guides Moral Education in America and the Teacher’s Dilemma by Brimi, Hunter that is exactly the issue. Fortunately for the teacher, this issue is not going affect all teachers since in high school, however, teachers often assume that students already understand how to develop their characters and therefore let the material teach character development for them.  Another article that supports my view is Empowering Teachers to Foster Students’ Character and Citizenship: Getting Teachers and Students to Discover Big Ideas in Social Studies by The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin which states that the teachers using their lesson plan may help the students develop character wild they learn. This would even add parental involvement, the parent participation while assisting the student with some homework, for instance. Parents also tend to be more involved in the day to day school activities of their younger children, while they give their older children the freedom to grow as individuals in the high school. Appropriately done, character development does not infringe on the rights of parents. Proper character development education solicits and involves parental opinion and participation. This leads to a partnership that reflects not only school rules but also parents’ belief. When the school and community work together to establish a curriculum or educational program that reflects shared values, then character education can succeed. It does only through working with parents that character development will be a success.

References:

http://schools.nyc.gov/—–left side- RULES&POLICIES—PARENTS BILL OF RIGHTS—DICIPLINE CODE

http://www.ncccusa.org/about/edpol.html

http://www.au.org/issues/religion-in-public-schools/

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