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We Need Character Education Today
Character Education is more
important today than ever. We live in a society that has not been taught basic moral
values. The value of life and property, the value of respect and honesty. We constantly
see in the news that character is set aside for the feeling of the moment. Anger,
jealousy, hatred, and selfishness are instead placed center stage and acted upon. The time
has come to bring character to the forefront again and raise the moral values we have as a
society, and as individuals.
to teach Character
It is never too late to start
teaching character. No matter what the circumstances, or who is involved, everyone can
benefit from character education. Both Children and adults will see positive changes in
their lives when this character education program is followed. With
it, we have a functioning society of self-controlled, respectful individuals, who think
before they act and consider the consequences of their actions before deciding what
direction those actions will take. They then make the right positive choices.
|Character Education -A Peaceful Solution For the War Raging Nations
have believed it --that it could be so easy? Why is the world blinded to it? The most
simple, obvious solution and yet so powerful ...A Peaceful Solution that can and will
transform the world.
It is time to get out of our self centered world and open our eyes to the horrible
suffering of the children and the people world wide. We often hear the phrase "do it
for the children" and "the children are our future" yet the children are
being sacrificed by the thousands and by the millions. History repeats itself over and
over. All our leaders have done is talk and ask for more money that drains away into
useless programs that do nothing but coat the pockets of the fatcats!
Why is it that mankind's history has been a history of violence and bloodshed, misery and
worldwide poverty caused by WAR?
We have been taught throughout our lives that "practice makes perfect" and that
"what you put into it is what you get out of it". We were taught that by
rehearsing our letters and practicing our reading we would comprehend and excel at the
written word. We were taught that by rehearsing our numbers and practicing our math we
would learn to count and conduct business. We were taught that by learning the concepts of
physical prowess, then rehearsing and practicing, we would excel among our sports-enthused
Ask yourself why it is that the very first things we should have been taught were never
taught and rehearsed to us. We do not consistently rehearse and methodically teach our
children how to interact with each other and society. Yes, Character Education is LEAST in
the minds of the world and LEAST in importance when it should be taught first and foremost
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|Anger Management and Self Control -A Peaceful Solution For Kenny
Rogers, Russell Crowe, and You
We hear a lot about Anger
Management these days. There have been some high profile cases in the news lately where a
celebrity lost his temper, and lost control -- of himself. Texas Rangers' star pitcher
Kenny Rogers displayed an extreme lack of self-control when he shoved two cameraman on the
field on June, 30, 2005. Even those around him in the world of sports think he has anger
issues. Rangers' General Manager John Hart was quoted as saying, "Kenny is
having anger issues right now." And KDFW News Director Maria Barrs said, "I
think it demonstrated an appalling lack of control. The team doing poorly is no excuse for
assaulting a guy who's just doing his job." (Quoted from MSNBC article
Just a couple of weeks earlier, Russell Crowe, the
lead actor in the movie Cinderella Man, lost his temper and his self-control when he could
not make an international telephone call from his hotel, and threw a telephone at the
hotel clerk. He was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Some people think these situations are funny, but in
reality they are terrible. They are small examples of what can occur when someone is not
trained to react appropriately in any situation they find themselves in.
full article: Anger Management and Self Control - A Peaceful Solution For Kenny Rogers,
Russell Crowe, and You
Solutions To Juvenile Detentions
|"How can Laredo, as a community, help its
troubled youth gain a sense of self-confidence and self-worth to avoid the pitfalls of
negative peer pressure and crime, as well as detention and incarceration?
In Webb County, the number of juveniles arrested doubled from 1993 to 2003, with drug
offenses going up 500 percent. About 70 percent of children in the Webb County juvenile
justice system are also repeat offenders.
This past week, different voices in the community gave various perspectives on and
solutions to the growing problem.
Adam Rodriguez and Magarita Tagle, founders of CORE, a new coalition designed to assess
the true needs of Laredos troubled youth, say the city needs to invest and attract more
resources to bring better services and treatment facilities to help young offenders and
William Crouse of Peaceful Solution Character Education,
however, said nothing will change if character education is not taught to young people.
"There is no cure for immoral behavior unless we educate kids about responsible
behavior," said Crouse, whose nonprofit organization teaches classes out of Gregorys
Driving School on Marcella Street.
His classes reinforce the concepts of ownership, respect and self-control. They also show
how theft and stealing form the basis of hatred and violence toward fellow human beings.
"Weve educated our children to be warlike," Crouse said. "But we need to
teach them character education, just like we teach them how to read, write and do
...Judge Manuel "Meme" Flores said he believes parents need to become more
responsible for the behavior of their children, and not rely on the state or county to do
the job for them.
In the absence of proper parental guidance, "our good institutions, such as churches,
schools and local mentoring programs need to step up to the plate," he said.
...Fundamentally, however, Laredo and the rest of Texas should change its attitude about
juveniles and juvenile detention, Flores argued...
more excerpts from this Laredo Morning Times article: Leaders Offer Solutions To Juvenile
Wrath of Katrina and her Aftermath...Descent into Madness
Tragedy has a way of sifting
people... and desperation adds an additional filter to separate the best in people from
the worst. A prime example is the recent destructive force of Hurricane Katrina.
Compare the situations of Biloxi, Mississippi and
New Orleans, Louisiana. As the storm came towards the coastline, the residents of New
Orleans gave a figurative sigh of relief as they learned Katrina had moved to the east, at
the same time that the residents in Biloxi braced themselves to receive the brunt of the
storm. Katrina was viscous as she pounded three states.
When the rain subsided and people began to survey
the damage, they were shocked and dismayed in Mississippi, and in Louisiana they were
thankful that they had been spared the worst. Everything changed for them overnight when
canals, retaining walls and levees began failing. The city was flooded and the people were
Many in New Orleans had evacuated their homes to
ride out the storm at the Superdome, and now found they were cut off from outside help.
People from all over the city were trying to get to shelters, many going to the Convention
Center as directed by local authorities.
The storm displaced over 1.5 million people from
their homes. Many of the people who had moved to evacuation points were not evacuated
right away. There were no facilites for food, water, or waste. Trash and sewage piled up,
and emotions ran high as no relief was in sight.
full article: The Wrath of Katrina and Her Aftermath...Descent into Madness
Education In The News
extends values debate to children -President says administrations values campaign
showing success "WASHINGTON - President Bush is extending the
political debate over values by citing evidence that strong families and communities are
developing responsibility and character in the nations children..."
|Violent games, violent kids -Kids' brains affected
by violent images in video games and TV "Peanut butter and jelly go
together. Milk and cookies go together. Apparently, so do violent video games and violent
children. Watching violent television programs or video games may affect childrens
minds, even if they dont have a history of aggressive behavior..."
|Two sides of the coin: Multilevel prevention and intervention to reduce
youth violent behavior. In D. Flannery & C.R. Huff (Eds), Youth Violence: Prevention,
intervention and social policy (pp.47-72), Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press. Embry,
D.D., & Flannery, D.J. (1999
|THE ROLE OF CHARACTER EDUCATION IN AMERICAS SCHOOLS,
Hearing Before: THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD YOUTH AND FAMILIES Of The: COMMITTEE ON
EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ONE HUNDRED SIXTH CONGRESS
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