Missouri Schools of Character Announced

Ladue Middle School is proud to make the list.

Twelve schools from the St. Louis metropolitan region have earned distinction as a 2012 Missouri School of Character.  They are Blades, Hagemann, Point and Rogers Elementary  Schools in the Mehlville School District; Blevins and Ellisville Elementary Schools from the Rockwood School District; Brentwood Middle School in the Brentwood School District; Hollenbeck Middle School in the Francis Howell School District; Ladue Middle School in the Ladue School District, McKelvey Elementary in the Parkway School District, Northview High School in Special School District and Plattin Primary in the Jefferson R-7 School District.

This group continues a trend of record-setting gains among Missouri schools, with 20 percent more schools than last year completing the most rigorous award process in the field of character education. CHARACTERplus®, a division of Cooperating School Districts, conducts the award process for the state of Missouri with the support of the St. Louis Rams. The two organizations share a commitment to positive youth development. 

The process itself is modeled after the National Schools of Character program founded by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) in Washington D.C. in 1998. There are more than 130 indicators assessed, including the reduction of bullying and incivility, the development of intrinsic motivation; meaningful curriculum, student empowerment, staff collegiality, service,
and shared moral leadership among staff, students and parents.
“CEP is thrilled to join with CHARACTERplus in recognizing these schools for their dedication to creating caring school climates where all kids thrive,” said National Schools of Character Director Lara Maupin.

CHARACTERplus will honor the 2012 Missouri Schools of Character on June 26 at the Character Education Conference.

CHARACTERplus is a membership organization providing high-quality professional development in character education since 1988. Its current membership involves more than 75 public school districts as well as individual private, parochial and charter schools in Missouri and Southern Illinois. Two of the three Illinois State Schools of Character for 2012 are members of CHARACTERplus:  Belleville Central Jr. High and Henry Raab Elementary from the Belleville #118 School District.

After being named a State School of Character, schools serve as models and mentors, helping other educators transform their school cultures and improve academics and student behavior.

Information was provided by the Cooperating School Districts.

Hifi February 18, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Right! Who could be against anything as grand sounding as character education? Well, unless there was a conclusive study about it which proves that it does absolutely nothing except waste time and money (just what we need more of in public schools what with teachers' heads now on the chopping block!) October 2010, a federal study, the largest and most thorough ever conducted, found that schoolwide Character Education programs produce exactly ZERO improvements in student behavior or academic performance. It's no surprise, Just take a look at the lists of values and goals of the dozens of competing CE offerings. The lack of agreement between the lists is one of the most damning aspects of character education! It also becomes obvious that the majority of the values are concerned with conformity, submitting to authority, not making a fuss... a blatantly conservative program. One thing all these programs do agree on is what values are NOT included on their lists of core values. Not found, even though they are fundamental to the history and success of our nation are such noted values as independence, inventiveness, curiosity, critical thinking, skepticism, and even moderation. "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" the famous saying by Ms. Frizzle on the much celebrated TV show, The Magic School Bus, embodies values that would be antithetical to those found in today’s character education. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_education#Issues_and_controversies


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