Student’s Lauren Debeliso
Laurendefines character education as the approach to learning that seeks tomold students to be socially, emotionally, and ethically conscious.Some of the core ethical and performance values that education mustinstill in students include fairness, caring, diligence, honesty,fortitude, respect for self and others, and responsibility.
FromDebeliso’s post, I learned that:
Students who are exposed to character education make decisions that improve their life circumstances and overall wellbeing.
Also, such students are likely to excel in their academic endeavors.
Character development is just as important as academic development.
Educators should strive to create a safe and conflict-free environment to enable their students to focus on academic development.
Children develop their character by observing what the adults in their surroundings are doing.
Ithink character development is the most neglected yet crucial role ofeducation. According to me, if educators are to adopt therecommendations offered by Debeliso in her post, problems such ascrimes, corruption, and joblessness will decline significantly.
Pinoexplores how most courses are being offered in both online andtraditional settings after the integration of technology in thedelivery of knowledge. The majority of stakeholders view thedelivery of online courses as the best strategy for bridging theknowledge gap, particularly in areas that do not have institutions ofhigher learning.
Someof the advantages of online education are:
It allows people who have no access to a university to learn the courses of their choice and receive the relevant credentials.
Some schools have developed a hybrid program that allows students enrolled for online courses to take supervised examinations.
Students taking online can still participate in discussion groups which give them an opportunity to get the college experience.
Iagree with Pino that technology has changed the way people acquireeducation. However, I think there are several challenges thatcompromise the quality of education offered online that need to betackled.
Laurasays that the goals of character education are to help raiseresponsible and autonomous students who care about other people’swelfare. For character education to be effective, it must beincorporated in both the student’s home and school life. The fewschools that have incorporated character education in theircurriculum have started seeing positive results
Students spend much of their time in schools hence teachers have the responsibility of reinforcing the learners’ core values.
Laura Bauer’s argument is similar to Lauren Debeliso’s. Laura Bauer demonstrates Debeliso’s point that character development is as important as education achievement.
For example, through the Giraffe Project, children are learning to have big hearts, persistence, and ways of avoiding causing harm to other people. Through the project, students have developed community projects such as anti-litter campaigns and canned food drives.
Ithink Laura makes a convincing case on why character education shouldbe made part and parcel of the school curriculum.
Topic:Inclusivity in the Classroom
Lamadridanalyses a short story titled Blueberry Story: The Teacher Gives theBusinessman a Lesson written by Jamie Vollmer and published online.According to Lamadrid, the short story argues that schools reflectthe beliefs, health, and the attitudes of the communities they serve.Lamadrid also argues that every community is unique hence educationreforms need to factor in the diversity of students in order tocreate inclusive classrooms.
Educators should consider the needs of their students and change the mentality that all students have the same ability and destiny.
Some of the students who would benefit from differentiated teaching methods include the migrant, refugees, and homeless.
It takes a village to raise and educate a child.
Ithink that it is high time that schools start practicing inclusivityin the classroom. A classroom brings together students from differentsocial, economic, and political backgrounds. I, therefore, supportLamadrid in arguing that all stakeholders should put more effort inensuring that schools embrace the diversity in their student’spopulation.
Student’s Katherine Oriley
Topic:Gifted Education in Arizona
Theregular classrooms do not meet the needs of gifted students. Theseare students who have stronger learning abilities. Some states,although they have laws that require gifted students to be identifiedand be availed with the resources that they need, have not developedmodels that are to be used for teaching these learners.
Studies show that over 70% of teachers have noticed that their brightest students are not being challenged enough when they are in a regular classroom.
Advanced students benefit a lot from gifted or talented programs as they help them achieve their best.
Nationally, the different stakeholders in the education sector spend much time working on ways of improving education for those who are failing disregarding the needs of gifted students.
Iconcur with Oriley’s post that the current education system doesnot consider the needs of gifted students. I also think that theapproach of availing to the gifted learners the resources they needbut without separating them from other student is a good idea. Thisis because it facilitates the sharing of knowledge among students.
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