Alas, the news media has been drowning us with news of character traits that probably shouldn’t be discussed with children. Most of us have been in teaching long enough to remember character building programs that we were asked to implement in our classrooms and playgrounds. High stakes testing has all but eliminated these programs from our schools. The lone exception may be anti-bullying.
Student run projects coordinated for summer activities could possibly restore “character building” to our communities if not our classrooms. A guest blogger on the Edutopia site shares tips for helping students to organize service.