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Character Education: A Slippery Slope for Teachers


by James Wilkins May 24, 2013

Character education has been around for decades, but some school districts and building administrators are finding it challenging to define what good character education looks like and how it should be applied to students. What follows is an account of a real-life situation in which the standards of a veteran teacher and the ideals of a newly-hired building administrator clashed and ultimately led to a confrontation over when accountability measures should be applied in a school that had been identified as underperforming by the state department responsible for public education. While three perspectives are presented, there was no obvious right or wrong answer to be discovered. This conversation among stakeholders in public education may establish the basis for congealing our views on character education and our roles in facilitating the same.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 24, 2013
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17133, Date Accessed: 9/30/2014 1:53:36 PM

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  • James Wilkins
    Columbia University
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    JAMES R. WILKINS is an instructional technology researcher and training consultant based at Columbia University. His research involves the responsive and responsible use of technology and media to facilitate teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms and in organizational learning environments. His most recent research has addressed multiculturalism and bilingualism in industrial workplaces.
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