30 YEARS of Character Education

November 29, 2022

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Dear Educator,

Life Experience

You are in the knowledge game. When you show up, and do your job, you are imparting facts and skills which society has deemed necessary or useful. Day in and day out, you practice your trade, and countless minds are shaped as a result. Your career and performance are measured by the ability of your students to demonstrate the knowledge you have shared.

But is knowledge really the point of your efforts? Is your greatest desire for your students simply “not uneducated?” You likely have higher ambitions: not mere knowledge, but knowledge plus the experience necessary for proper application. You want your students to both know and understand.

The good news is there’s a connection. Consider the following, from a person who literally changed our understanding of the universe:

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

Albert Einstein

Einstein is encouraging us to do more than gather knowledge. He’s telling us to spend a lifetime seeking it and – in the process – gather experience and understanding. In doing so he both recognizes the value of wisdom and reminds us wisdom is a journey rather than a destination.

Make it a great day, dear educator, and embrace the journey.  

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