Respect + Empathy
Young students in Billings, Montana are soaking up lessons about character and leadership from college athletes they look up – an initiative aimed at helping students visualize their goals becoming a reality.
Linda Ryden is a “peace teacher” at Lafayette Elementary School, and she contends her job “has never felt so important.”
Students at St. James Head Start in Depew, New York are learning to manage their emotions with coping mechanisms teacher Allan Hittle said they’ll likely rely on throughout their educational careers.
New Providence Character Award presented: “Our character education is based on integrity, fairness, respect and responsibility.”
Our Success Academy schools rank in the top 1% of all New York State schools. But we believe our students’ academic accomplishments are nothing if they do not also possess strong moral character.
Two recent research projects into hiring practices at Google are upending the commonly held notion that students should focus primarily on STEM subjects to succeed beyond school, pointing instead to “soft skills” as the most important qualities.
“I’m very, very proud of you,” said the mother on the phone. “And thank you for being a good student. I love you,” she added. These words must have been music to the ears of Machen Elementary School principals Jennifer Humble and Daryl Crosby.
As Harvard University professor Stephanie Jones said: “There is a moment for (social and emotional learning) right now.”
A recent column in The New York Times explores the role of guilt in children, and explains how it relates to the way kids develop character virtues like empathy and kindness.