Last week we took a brief look at character development. In this brief look we found the best models are ones that are infused through the whole school. There is accountability at all levels. We found that JROTC was one such model.
However, I did not want to suggest that JROTC is the only model or the best model. There are many character development programs that are meeting with success, many without the involvement of the whole school. One emphasis for character development is a field called service-learning. This seems to be a very promising way of assisting in the development of character in our students.
The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse has a website article that lists many such programs and their benefits. The article is entitled, “Character Education and Service-Learning” written by the RMC Research Corporation in September of 2006. “RMC Research is a national leader in program research and evaluation, professional development, consultation, and product development” (RMC Home Page, 2007).
The RMC either conducted or looked at research done in various parts of the country and in various different types of school settings. They come to the conclusion “that service-learning provides an environment in which the goals and values of character education can be enhanced” (RMC, 2006).
This article goes on to give suggestions as to how one may develop and integrate a character development and service-learning at one’s own school. It also give several examples as to how it is being accomplished at the time of the publishing of the article.
I found this to be a very helpful and encouraging article in the quest for character development in the 21st Century.
RMC Research Corporation (2006). Character education and service-learning. Retrieved from http://www.servicelearning.org/resources/fact_sheets/k-12_facts/char_ed on August 12, 2007.
RMC Research Corporation (2006). RMC home page. Retrieved from http://www.rmcresearchcorporation.com on August 12, 2007.