Implementing Successful Character Education
The public's documented concern for society's declining ethics and character is not sufficient to guarantee successful implementation of character education. Implementing character education will require the active support of school leadership. School leaders are understood to have their own concerns regarding character education which include-- the residual 1960s-70s fear of teaching values in schools, and pressure related to focusing everyone's time on academic content to improve standardized test scores. Anecdotal evidence notes well implemented character education programs have unified diverse communities around shared values and also improved school environments for the mastery of academic material1234.
Successful implementation, however, requires more than just the efforts of school administrators. Support committees are recognized as invaluable in the start-up and maintenance of character education initiatives. A committee or team can take many forms, and be under the umbrella of a school site-management team or school improvement team, however, it must be self-sustaining to maintain meaningful progress. Successful committees leverage their outreach into the school by including school staff members from a variety of positions, students, parents, and members of the community.