- Posted August 19, 2013 by
Why Should I Care?
Ajinder Janda from Canada, Character Education Teacher at Yew Chung International School of Beijing believes that what is taught within her classes is a vital component of a fully rounded and balanced education for all students, “Character Education is important because it challenges students to live with kindness and integrity. Students are more reflective of their actions and this can have a huge impact on the school environment. Furthermore, students will take what they have learned in Character Education classes into their communities and will develop into well-rounded individuals who will have the ability to make positive changes beyond the school environment.”
Good character however can raise issues in terms of its definition. This can be seen very clearly when proposed with a moral dilemma. Naturally, as humans we may tend to make different choices and as such, disagree with one another. Janda shares her opinion on how to deal with this situation, “Within classes we discuss real life circumstances in which we have several courses of action that are available to us. Sometimes however, there isn’t just one right answer. There will be occasions when disagreements occur. I think these situations are actually very beneficial for students, even more so at international schools in which sometimes different cultures or different experiences may play a big role in which decisions we make. The key is to discuss, reflect and be understanding of people’s reasons for making a choice. Through reflection and being open-minded, we are able to appreciate other perspectives at a higher level and this can really have a hugely positive impact on students at the school and in their everyday life.”
Character Education is embedded within the YCIS Beijing Philosophy and Objectives and the long term benefits of these classes can be taken by students into their further education at university and also into their eventual careers. Graduates from world class international schools have a track record of going on to high-level management positions for large multinational companies and the knowledge they have gained through working with and understanding different cultures gives them an unmatched advantage when it comes to managing and cooperating with very diverse teams. As leaders, they have humility, command respect through understanding and have the ability to adapt and appreciate the different individual personalities they encounter on a day-to-day basis. Employees have a great deal of reverence for these qualities and in turn, lead to greater motivation within an organisation.