RE: [Valley_Eye] FW: [BrsNet] Learning Through Character Education and Service
- We had Character Education and Service Learning when I was growing up in China, to some extend also in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, once I got here I was told that, it's considered brainwashing; what suddenly changed people's minds?
Not complaining or anything, I happen to like the idea of brainwashing children into loving/caring people that have strong sense of fairness, justice and community.
"Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are." - Hafsat Abiola
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; Valley_Eye@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 14:11:18 -0800
Subject: [Valley_Eye] FW: [BrsNet] Learning Through Character Education and ServiceDear Groups,
I'm on the Brisbane list serve and received this interesting e-mail message,
and am forwarding it with the permission of the author. This program sounds
fascinating and although our neighborhoods are in a different county from
San Mateo, Tamberly was more than enthusiastic about recruiting from among
our community members.
From: brsnet-bounces@ smrn.com [mailto:brsnet-bounces@ smrn.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 7:12 PM
To: brsnet@smrn. com
Subject: [BrsNet] Learning Through Character Education and Service
As the world grows more dependent upon technologies, and as each rising
generation comes on the scene facing lives that are guided more and more by
non-living systems, it becomes more challenging for people to relate to one
another, let alone relate to the natural world. Fortunately, Character
Education and Service Learning, as they are often referred to, meet the need
for basic person-to-person relating and reconnecting, and promote societal
values that serve to maintain happy healthful living. Programs that have
character development and service learning are often deliberate in their
efforts to support the development of virtues such as: honesty, kindness,
integrity, respect, leadership, responsibility, loyalty, citizenship,
benevolence, generosity, and courage. Such virtues are the threads that
make up the fabric of sustainable healthy living.
Data from various programs that offer basic Character Development and
Service Learning report that participants (students/youth) , are reported to
demonstrate increases in many pro-social behaviors (e.g. caring, respect,
altruism, and ability to choose between right and wrong) (Berkowitz & Bier,
2005). Reviewing 33 successful character education programs, researchers
found that using service-learning concepts supported the students in
multiple ways and helped students meet goals related to academic/learning
development, life/career development, personal/social development, and
multicultural/ global citizenship (Scott & Jackson, 2005). Findings from
another national study involving 24 diverse schools, recommended that
schools should shift from focusing on moral character to both moral and
performance character (Lickona & Davidson, 2005). Lickona and Davidson's
(2005) report identified "contributing community member and democratic
citizen" as one of the strengths of character and described service-learning
as an effective strategy to engage students in service to achieve this goal.
Included in their summary of findings, service-learning improves school
climate, increases respect between teachers and students, decreases
tardiness and discipline referrals, increases academic achievement, and
improves interpersonal development, and supports relating to diverse groups
Given the above research findings, it is appropriate to establish
programming that will incorporate character development and service
learning, which is exactly what Growing Green Hands, Inc. is all about. The
Growing Green Hands team wants to strengthen families and communities with
programming and education that will also include "environmental" service
learning. Environmental service-learning helps people connect what they
learn with how they live. In reports from a study on environmental
service-learning with youth, Madigan (2000) identified the five most common
components of high-quality environmental service-learning or active
education programs: 1) encourages youth leadership and decision-making; 2)
integrates and values the community voice; 3) fosters civic stewardship; 4)
provides opportunity for cross-cultural connections; and 5) plans for the
long-term sustainability of the program. Growing Green Hands intentionally
incorporates all of these components and not only involves youth, but older
adults and all of the community. Building strong and lasting
intergenerational ties while supporting the individual, community,
environment, and ultimately the planet for future generations, that's what
will create sustainability! Growing Green Hands is committed to creating
positive outcomes for the youth, families, and community of Brisbane and
surrounding communities. We want to engage all of the community as
partners, but specifically serve youth (8-17yr) and older adults (50yr &
older) with strengths-based personal skill-building, community
service-learning projects, and environmental stewardship using professional
standards and principles of best practices. If you know of any potential
community projects in Brisbane, South San Francisco, or Daly City that we
can support, please contact us to schedule a time to learn more about how
our program works and share your project needs. Visit our google group at
http://groups. google.com/ group/growing- green-hands- public?hl= en - or check
out contact infor below.
Please note that GGH is having a Spaghetti Dinner/Dance Holiday Party on
Saturday, December 5th, at the historic 23 Club from 5 to 9pm for all ages,
and will continue to rock the night away for over those 21yr until closed.
All proceeds will support GGH programming and staff and Board members will
be present to share about this important program. Program is also
co-sponsored by City of Brisbane's Park & Rec Department. Please come out
and show your support and help us celebrate a greener future in Brisbane!
Berkowitz, M. W., & Bier, M. C. (2005). *What works in character education:
Research-based character education.* Washington, DC: Character Education
Lickona, T., & Davidson, M. L. (2003). *School as a Caring Community
Profile-II (SCCP II)*. Cortland, NY. Center for the 4th and 5th Rs.
Madigan, P. (2000). *The Environmental Service-Learning Research Project*.
Washington, DC: Corporation for National Service.
Scott, K. A., & Jackson, A. P. (2005). *Using service learning to achieve
middle school comprehensive guidance program goals. *Professional School
Counseling, 9(2), 156-159.
Tamberly Mott, MFT, PhD-Candidate
Growing Green Hands, Inc., Executive Director
44 Visitacion Ave, Suite 105
Brisbane, CA 94005
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