Character Education and Project Wisdom
Concerned about justifying the time and resources for character education?
This article will not only inform you, they will help you make your
case. Although it was written some years back, it was recently reviewed
by a subject matter expert for relevancy and is as important today
as ever before. The bottom line? The focused and intentional development
of character, as well as social and emotional development, produces
outstanding results, transforming individual lives as well as entire
". . . We must integrate character education into the fabric of the curriculum and into extracurricular activities. We must train teachers in Character Education — both pre-service and in-service. And we must consciously set about creating a moral climate within our schools."
Bob Chase, Former President
National Education Assoc.
"What can schools do?" by Charles C. Haynes and
Marvin W. Berkowitz, February 2007, USAToday.com.
"After the endless headlines involving corrupt politicians, corporate
cheats, doped-up sports stars and Internet predators, you might think
that the American people would be demanding more character education
in schools. Think again. . . . And then we move on to more important
things. Test scores, for example."
More Evidence that Character Education Works
> Improves School Climate
> Decreases Discipline Referrals
How Project Wisdom Impacts Academic Achievement
"[With Project Wisdom] struggling learners seem to
understand the harder they try, the more they get back."
Marie, Intermediate School Teacher - New York
"I learned to work better for my teachers." 4th
grader, East Stroudsberg, PA
"The words of wisdom make me try to work better everyday."
1st grader, Chesterfield, SC
"I like Project Wisdom messages because they encourage
me to try my hardest all of the time." 3rd grader,
"Everyday, I think about these messages and how I
can improve with what I do everyday." 5th grader, Palisade,
"Project Wisdom talked about the word responsibility
which includes completing my assignments on time."
4th grader, Colleyville, TX
Middle school students
"The Project Wisdom commentary positively changes my
outlook. An optimistic outlook helps me to make better
grades by believing in myself." 8th grader, Trenton,
"Much of what we do at our middle school is all tied together through our pro-social curriculum and educating the whole child. There are few instances where a student's improved performance is not tied directly into relationships and one of many positive programs - like Project Wisdom."
Tim, Middle School Principal - Indiana
"One month ago, I transferred schools. Project Wisdom
has made it easier. When I was at my other school I wasn't
trying as hard, but since listening to Words of Wisdom
it has challenged me to work harder." 6th grader, Arroyo
"Listening to these quotes and stories inspire me.
The words actually make me think. I went from the low grades
to making the Honor Roll." 8th grader, Belleville, IL
High school students
"By listening to the words of wisdom, I get this 'I can do anything if I try' attitude. I have pushed myself
to work harder in my weaker subjects than I usually do,
and I have made better grades." 11th grader, Jacksonville, AR
"These words influence me to do better at school.
Before I ever heard the Words of Wisdom, I would put myself
down for being a failure, but Project Wisdom helped me realize
that everyone fails at some point in their life." 12th
grader, Blairsville, PA
"'Words of Wisdom' has changed my life in a number
of ways. . . . I pay more attention to my class work. Actually,
my grades are improving tremendously." 11th
grader, Lake Charles, LA