Character education is the process of learning positive attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that are important for people to have as responsible citizens. Education isn't only about learning subjects such as Maths, English, and Science. A more comprehensive definition of education addresses the emotions, personality and character as well.
Parents today are looking for schools that help their kids become healthy, balanced and positive adults. Character education gives our students the necessary tools for creating a better life for themselves and others such as confidence, courage, compassion and critical thinking.
The virtues and traits that are developed through effective character education have never been more important as young people navigate their way through the Covid-19 pandemic. When students learn how to treat themselves and others with respect and integrity, it creates a learning environment in which they feel safe and cared for. When students know school is a nourishing place for them, they are more likely to excel academically and eventually become successful, productive adults.
A student who spends hours at school every day learns many lessons that go beyond academics. He or she learns to play, share, socialise, and resolve conflicts. As kids interact with their peers and teachers, they have many opportunities to learn valuable lessons. Character education systematizes these lessons, allowing students to develop a moral compass. Character education is a model that provides students with core values along with academic instruction. This type of education is essential for raising the next generation.
At DePS our students are encouraged to become:
This is achieved by the following broad practices followed at our school every day.