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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Character Education

Parents want nothing more than for their children to grow up into well-mannered individuals and give the proper respect to other people. Which is why character education is an important part in their studies, because success in life does not always rely on academics.

Character education can greatly help students with their academic subjects as well. Diligence and a sense of responsibility are some of the main core values taught in character education. With these students will learn how to focus on their studies, and more importantly they will have the drive that will make them want to do well in their academic subjects.

Research done on the subject found out that schools that employ character education have fewer incidences of disciplinary referrals, suspensions, and truancy. The positive environment that it bought to schools also increased attendance and has also brought about a significant improvement in academic performance of the students.

EQAO (Education Quality Accountability Office) assesses how well Ontario’s public education system is developing students’ reading, writing and math skills. EQAO provides reliable and useful information that is used to help improve student achievement and ensure the accountability of school boards. Each year the assessment captures the performance of students at one point in time each year and this past week released its results.

For several years now, administrators and teachers review previous year's scores, look at where improvements need to be made and figure out how they are going to do that in the upcoming school year.  To appreciate the distinctive character of a school, we should look at the contextual information to understand the features and characteristics of the community it serves.  

So many in education, say that standardized tests are not valued, yet so much is still measured by these numbers, both students and teachers.  Accountability is important in education, yet there is so much more to a story to a person than a letter or grade and that education needs to put emphasis on measuring the characteristics of the school.