May I Quote You?
I’ve been reading the U.S. Department of Education’s newsletter, The Teachers Edition. One of the items appearing in each issue is called “What Teachers Are Talking About This Week.”
Here are the teacher quotes from the October 25, 2017 edition.
“No dream is to impossible to reach. That’s what drives my teaching every day with my students!” — Teacher, Tennessee
“Strive to be the type of teacher that brings passion and positive energy to the classroom every day!” — Teacher, New Jersey
“A teacher should always teach like a principal is watching; a principal should always lead like their teachers are watching.” — Principal, Indiana.
“Be bold. Say what needs to be said. Others may be thinking the same, and if no one speaks up, the opportunity is lost.” — Principal, Wisconsin
”Three of the best words to tell kids: Proud of You! Repeat often.” — Teacher, Missouri
That sparks an idea. How about a blog of quotes about what character is and why we teach it? I thought it was a good idea but you can be the judge.
What Is Character?
“Character Development is a relational process. Character is a construct that links the person positively to his or her social world. Relationships are the foundation of character.” – Tuft’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development:
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. What we make of our selves, what we make of our lives, is a matter of choice—our choice, and our responsibility.” Paraphrased — Harry Potter’s being counseled by the wise old headmaster, Dumbledore
“The word CHARACTER has two Cs in it ; one stands for CHOICE and the other for CONSEQUENCES. Living a life of good character doesn’t happen by CHANCE, nor does it happen by CIRCUMSTANCES. It happens by CHOICES.” – Ed DeRoche
“Excellence is never an accident. It is the result of high intention, sincere effort and intelligent execution. It represents the wisest option among many alternatives. Choice, not chance, determines your destiny, dreams and values.” – Aristotle
“Character is the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – it is the source from which self respect springs.” – Joan Didion
“Respect for character is always diminished in proportion to the number among whom the blame or praise is to be divided…. Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” -Abraham Lincoln
Why Teach Character?
“How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of living unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving.” – James Cash Penny—founder of J.C. Penney Corporation
“Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: It is character.” – Albert Einstein,
“If we expect children to behave in school, we must teach them to take responsibility for their behavior; but we must also teach them how to make better choices, how to develop personal ethics, and how to solve problems.” – LouAnne Johnson, Principal
“Many teachers say: I have no time to teach character – I have too much on my plate already. That’s like saying: I’m cooking dinner but there is no time to make it nutritious!” – CJ Moloney
“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth.'” – Dan Rather
“If we don’t teach kids moral reasoning skills, including how to challenge appropriately (non-moral) conventional issues, we may be engaging in immoral education.” –Larry Nucci, Psychology Professor
“Academic test scores do not correlate with any of the
virtues to which our democracy aspires. None!
Good education provides a sense of community,
personal identity, inner strength, purpose, meaning, and
belonging. ” – Dr. John Goodlad
“Parents (and teachers) can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. —Anne Frank
The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.” – Noah Webster, American lexicographer
As noted above, character is about relationships.
Relationships are about choices.
Included in one’s choice should be ”respect.”
“Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other.” – Benjamin E. Mays, American civil rights icon
“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.” – Laurence Sterne, Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman.
Send us your quote about teaching and/or your favorite character-related quote.