Yesterday afternoon, the Martin Residents participated in a Mindset Seminar based on the phenomenal book written by Carol Dweck. One of the most interesting questions that arose was: Do teachers have a responsibility to instill character into students? This question may raise a lot of debate and many educators may not agree on one definite answer. As for me, I believe that teachers, educators and administrators have a responsibility to teach character. I believe that teachers have a responsibility to teach character because great academics alone will not set our students up to experience true success in life. As Carol Dweck wrote in mindsets, character is an important component to reaching the top and STAYING at the top. If our students have all the intellectual capabilities imaginable, but lack character what message is that sending to our students?
As for me, I believe teachers should or at least attempt to show our students the importance of being well rounded with academics and character. Caring about our students extents beyond the words in a textbook and the grades given on assessments. Our students need to be taught about character so that once they leave the comforts of our classrooms and schools they can go into the world with integrity, consciously aware of the need to do the right thing inside and outside the classroom. Promoting the growth mindset will make teaching character easier. Carol Dweck writes how character grows out of mindset. They two entities go hand and hand and when incorporated into the classroom, we will see our students transform into resilient people who are also aware of how to fight through life’s difficult times with integrity and character.