The increasing popularity amongst teachers and government ministers for Character Education to be taught in schools is borne out of many factors, one of which is the rising concern over the narrow way pupils are judged, with the pressure to perform well academically often overlooking their personal development. Their concern is compounded by the rising number of young people in distress or facing ill mental health, due in large part to the pressures of modern life. In 2017 alone, for instance, ChildLine received over 12,000 calls from young people looking for advice on an online issue, the most common of which was bullying, or “trolling”, through social media. Meanwhile an increase in hate crimes following terrorist attacks and the EU Referendum, a rise in nationalism across Europe, and the plight of those caught in the migrant crisis, mean that the need for tolerance and compassion in our society has never been greater.
Our Character Education list for primary and secondary schools therefore has two key objectives as a response to these issues. Firstly, to teach young people positive values such as kindness, gratitude and forgiveness in order to help stand our society’s future in better stead. By nurturing such character skills, young people will grow up to become more ethical, open-minded and helpful individuals within their communities. Secondly, it is designed to teach young people to treat themselves more compassionately through positive psychology. By teaching methods such as mindfulness and self-regulation, young people will develop a stronger happiness and emotional resilience, and learn to recognise that even failure can have a transformative impact upon such traits as empathy and grit. Intrinsically, it is with such self-belief that they will be able to contribute more to society.
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