Character Education
Character Education

“To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."
— Theodore Roosevelt
“Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It is an initiation into a life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue.”
— Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
“Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having.”
— Ronald Reagan
Character can be defined in a variety of ways. Some define character as the inward motivation to do what is right. Others say character is who you are, even when no one is watching. The American Dictionary of the English Language defines character as “The stable and distinctive qualities built into an individual's life which determine his response regardless of circumstances.”

A Habitat for Learning believes character to be all of the above. In addition we believe that education imparts knowledge and knowledge, with positive character principles and the ability to make informed and responsible choices, is the power people need to overcome social ills. With sound character and academic training an individual is better equipped to contribute positively to their community and society.
Therefore we propose to empower our students academically and in positive character values at the earliest age possible, so that through them a more balanced environment can be created through their influence later in life. Positive character education: the key to true success in every area of life.

Social ills that plague our nation’s communities often stem from an eroding value system. At A Habitat for Learning, we believe that our program is designed to address social ills, such ills as:
  • Crime/Drugs
  • School/Behavior Problems
  • Family Conflict
  • Neglect/Abuse
  • Teenage Pregnancy etc at the root cause

Much like the great thinker Freud, whose theory supports the need for a value based learning system introduced to children in the early years, many psychoanalysts believe that the unconscious mind is formed during childhood and can affect the conscious mind in adulthood. This would indicate that impressions made and values taught at an early age could potentially affect the adult and their interaction with in their communities and society as a whole.

According to Fundamentals of Child Development, published by California College for Health Sciences, 1993, “Most behavior is learned through one’s environment.”  According to this theory it can be stated that children raised in an environment that fosters positive character principles have a greater opportunity of displaying positive behavior into adulthood as opposed to their counter parts who were not raised in an environment that fosters positive character practices.

Children need attention and consistent guidance. Left to their own, the likelihood of seeking attention from negative influences greatly increases. Consequently as these children grow towards adulthood, having been negatively influenced, they in turn, raise their children under the same banner or similar negative influences unaware of the far reaching effects; effects which contribute to the decline in societies’ system of values. Children whose parents are not available or cannot be available to raise them in the wisdom of character education or who, themselves, have not been raised with the knowledge to nurture, train and protect them are often times the unsuspecting contributors and victims of the ethical erosion in their communities. As a society, we oftentimes find ourselves treating the symptoms of our social ills. Treating the symptoms without addressing the root cause may temporarily ease the pain of that symptom but the root cause soon manifests itself through other complications in our communities. Our problem remains because the root cause of societies’ ills has not been addressed.

For this reason A Habitat for Learning proposes to do a small part to train students in academics and character education. A Habitat for Learning proposes to help parents become more aware of ways to positively direct their children. The application of positive life principles and accelerated academic skills will have a positive effect on the natural course of the human spirit, which, when left untrained becomes misdirected.