The Bee today reports on several area schools that are taking part in local non-profit group Center for Youth Citizenship’s “Free to Learn” program, that helps little students build traits like “caring, giving and service; justice and fairness; leadership, initiative and teamwork; respect; responsibility; and trustworthiness.”
“Character education is, like, the foundation of my classroom,” said Carly Davenport, who teaches fourth grade at Prairie [Elementary, in Elk Grove].
That is like, a really noble goal. (I kid the Carly Davenport. I am a horrible impromptu public speaker.)
In the abstract, I suppose it is good that educators are concerned with building those skills. What sorts of content do they cover to achieve those goals?
Teresa Faruzzi recently gave her second-grade class a peculiar assignment.
The Charles Mack Elementary students had to decide whether an animal’s camouflage was helpful or harmful to others. They scanned science books to pick a critter.
The assignment’s intent was to help students connect a character value — such as respect or fairness — to an animal’s ability to camouflage itself.
Stupid chameleons are like, so cheating. Other topics that were considered include:
- The Number 4: Villain or Superhero?
- Would George Washingon prefer Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh?
- Water: Is it friendly?
- “Plural possessives make mommy cry” — Tommy G’s story
- Electrons: Why do they have to be like, so negative?