Schools must teach children character and values, a new poll shows

Sep 03, 2013

More than eight out of ten parents believe schools should teach children character and values alongside academic study, a new survey has found.

A Populus poll of 1,001 parents, carried out for The Jubilee Centre for Character and Values, based in the University of Birmingham, found overwhelming public support for schools delivering character education.

The survey revealed that:

  • 87% of parents said schools should focus on character development and academic study, not simply academic study alone
  • 81% of parents wanted schools to have a core statement of the values that schools instilled in their pupils
  • 84% of parents said teachers should encourage good morals and values in pupils

Professor James Arthur, Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values, said: "There is a strong belief among parents that schools should promote character alongside academic study. Parents want teachers to set a moral example and they want schools to teach character.

"Many schools don't know how to teach character. They might have a statement of values but too often they are bland paragraphs that have little impact on what goes on in the classroom

"The Jubilee Centre has produced a rigorous, evidence-based and philosophically-sound framework for character education that is designed to help heads and teachers introduce effective character education in their schools. This will enable them to meet ' expectations ensure students are able to develop their as much as their ." 

David Carr, one of the Centre's educational philosophers said the poll finding came as no surprise.

"The importance of encouraging children to be honest, tolerant and fair is clear for although not all will develop an interest in or a need for science, for example, all human beings require an interest in honesty or fairness."

Explore further: Personality test a tool for schools

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Personality test a tool for schools

Aug 26, 2013

A study of personality in children will inform the development of an Australian-first assessment that helps parents and teachers to better understand a child's personality type.

Recommended for you

Election surprises tend to erode trust in government

2 hours ago

When asked who is going to win an election, people tend to predict their own candidate will come out on top. When that doesn't happen, according to a new study from the University of Georgia, these "surprised losers" often ...

Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

23 hours ago

(AP)—Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.

Perthites wanted for study on the Aussie lingo

Jul 23, 2014

We all know that Australians speak English differently from the way it's spoken in the UK or the US, and many of us are aware that Perth people have a slightly different version of the language from, say, Melbournians - but ...

User comments : 0