Character Development at the LKDSB
The Ministry of Education has called on all school boards to implement Character Development initiatives this year. In Lambton-Kent, as in many other boards, character development is already reflected in many ways through daily student experiences, contributing great value to the quality of school life and student learning.
Character development "... is a deliberate effort to cultivate virtue - that is, objectively good human qualities that are good for the individual person and good for the whole society." -- Thomas Lickona
It is these qualities, or attributes, that determine the nature of interactions that take place among students and between students and staff; that set the tone and influence the learning atmosphere in our schools and classrooms, and that ultimately impact success for every individual and group.
The principles and attributes of character are not specific to a particular set of beliefs, but instead are universal in nature, and transcend racial, ethno-cultural, linguistic, religious, gender, physical and intellectual ability, and other demographic factors.
Character development calls for every student to be their personal best, to be self-aware, to exercise self-discipline within themselves, and to demonstrate empathy and understanding toward others.
These attributes will help students establish and maintain quality relationships, and in conjunction with respect, responsibility and fairness, allow our schools to continue to be safe places to be and learn.
Attributes that contribute to positive group dynamics, and successful learning collaborations in school, ultimately lead to workplace advantages. The Employability Skills Profile developed by the Conference Board of Canada presents the perspective of Canadian employers. It states that personal management skills are essential for students entering the workplace. These include characteristics such as honesty, responsibility, integrity, initiative, adaptability, and respect for diversity.