The Importance Of Performance Character

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Reading this text, helped me to understand that I follow my cultural values when it comes to character choices for core values. Performance character is at the center of these needs for me as a person. I concur with Lickona and Davidson when they say, “Performance character must always be regulated by moral character to ensure that we do not do bad things. (Seider, 2012, p. 7) The moral consideration for me come from my upbringing. Subsequently, I choose this because a lot of the moral character displayed by White people, does not walk the walk of what they talk. Earlier in the course I recognized the conflict that could be caused when school seek to explain or direct student in a specific moral direction, and how that direction could be contrary …show more content…
Consequently, it is generally our performance that is scrutinized and/or whether we have the credentials in order to perform. Consequently, my being drawn to performance character values falls directly inline with my own personal strengths as a role model to students at my school of all grade levels. When I received my first master’s degree the principal, made a presentation of all the teachers at our school’s kindergarten graduation who were receiving advanced degrees, several of the children remember my being there because I am the only African american teacher at my school, and to see an African American man that puts education in a primary location in his life, was empowering to several of my parents. Several went on to pursue degrees shortly following the graduation. So, those values of perseverance, ingenuity, humor and effort are important for being a model of …show more content…
In the future of my being a leader started the day I started teaching, I thrive in connecting with my parents and having them trust me and support their child through the assignments and learning in my classroom. I speak the truth and allow my students to develop their own perspectives, and communicate those perspectives to others while leaving room for change. This work we have done in character education will lead me in engaging my colleagues in the work our district is doing in racial equity, an abundance of what we want to accomplish in deep equity really speaks to and is connected to people’s moral and civic characters, although I am personally attracted to the performance character values, all are important to do this work. I agree with Carol Allred when she says, “We’re going to face some difficulty, because some people are going to see this report and think character education doesn’t work, and that would be the wrong conclusion to come to, based on one report. I think it gives a false sense of failure based on limited analysis.” (Sparks, 2010). I will have to sell so to speak, that it is people’s character we are appealing to when we do the work toward racial equity and it is our shared sensibilities that need to be our pathway to a shared world. Connecting those sensibilities to our own behavior are the same issues students encounter

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