Positive Character Traits To Be Taught in Texas Public & Charter Schools, K-12

Aug 2, 2020 by

“Positive Character Traits To Be Taught in Texas Public & Charter Schools, K-12”

7.31.20

https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/20_07_120a.pdf

Excerpts from the TEA website:

[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER: I am excited about Texas public and charter schools putting an emphasis on teaching students positive character traits. I believe one of the best ways to do this is to teach students the traditional historical and literary classics which are imbued with characters who reflect these positive character traits. As students read the time-honored classics, they will “fall in love” with the characters who come alive under the skillful wordsmanship of these great authors. Students learn what good and what evil looks like, and the characters are so well developed that students find themselves wanting to emulate those characteristics that represent the good in this world.  Thus, positive character traits are studied, discussed, and internalized by students who then make them a part of their lives; and that is the goal of this piece of legislation being implemented into our schools.]

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed HB 1026, requiring the SBOE to integrate positive character traits into the essential knowledge and skills adopted for Kindergarten-Grade 12, as appropriate. The legislation requires the SBOE to include the following positive character education traits in the standards:

Courage

Trustworthiness (including honesty reliability, punctuality, and loyalty)

Integrity

Respect and courtesy

Responsibility (including accountability, diligence, perseverance, and self-control)

Fairness (including justice and freedom from prejudice)

Caring (including kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, patience, generosity, and charity)

Good citizenship (including patriotism, concern for the common good and the community, and respect for authority and the law)

School pride

Gratitude

The legislation also requires school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to adopt a character education program that includes the required positive character traits.

The proposed new sections would be implemented beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.

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