Character Matters

by Bogie

Character as defined by Character First Education is the inward values that determine actions. A mental model used for making decisions. Moreover, it is the moral compass that guided your choices and who we are when no one else is watching. Altogether, it is who you are deep inside.

Does Character Matters Today?

Definitely Yes!  Many problems nowadays can be traced to a lack of character. In schools this includes bullying, disrespect, cheating, vandalism and many others.  Unquestionably, the spread of COVID-19 these days happen so rapidly because a lot of people do not follow a simple rule of STAYING AT HOME.

In the news we hear politicians accusing each other. Businessmen getting involve in financial corruption. Additionally, leaders and famous celebrities involving themselves in immorality.

Learning Character Lessons Online

Because I am always at home these days, I decided to make use of my time by joining a class online. It is an online seminar on Building Student Character inside the Classroom offered for free by Vibal Group. The seminar topic was so relevant these days. As mentioned by the resource speaker there are discussions nowadays on the proposal of reviving Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) as a full school subject in the Philippine K-12 Curriculum. I believe our national leaders have also felt the need that this is essential for our learners is truly necessary nowadays. In addition to this, I also learned a lot from the seminar. I can’t wait for the next school year to come so I can practice what I have learned.

Top 3 Character Strengths

What do you know about your own character strengths? I’m sure you know about one, but maybe you find it hard to confirm if a certain one is really one of your strength. You can actually answer VIA Character Strengths Survey which is available for free online. My top 3 results are:

Lady smiling showing good character with arms raised

1. Love for Learning

Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally, related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows.

2. Spirituality

Having a coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and the meaning of the universe; knowing where one fits within the larger scheme; having beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort.

3. Gratitude

Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.

Day 2 of the 30-Day Blogging Challenge done!

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4 comments

Ruby Caberte April 2, 2020 - 5:02 pm

We both have the love for learning as our number one character strength. So I can safely say this is one of the commonalities we have that’s why we are friends. Hahahaha…

Anyway, I am excited to have this blogging challenge with writing prompts. It definitely makes us learn more about ourselves and others more!

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Bogie April 2, 2020 - 5:12 pm

Yeah!!! Let’s keep the momentum going!

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Quinn April 2, 2020 - 11:28 pm

Gratitude! I believe a lot of things can be branched out from this. Being humble, understanding, generous, etc. I have a “reflection paper” about this sometime in 2017. Gotta find it.

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Bogie April 3, 2020 - 9:34 am

Hahahaha reflection paper wow! Write that in your blog.

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