Presentation on theme: "Building Character in Schools"— Presentation transcript:
1Building Character in Schools Kevin Ryan &Karen BohlinPresented by:Helen ReyesPortfolio Table of Contents(link will only work if in “view show” mode
2Ten Commandments Exodus 34:28 Huge community of God’s people Moses was up on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he neither ate nor drank. At that time he wrote the terms of the covenant—the Ten Commandments—on the stone tablets.Huge community of God’s peopleGod saw a need for universal rules or commandments as terms for covenantSeparation of church and state claims – displaying the ten commandmentsEven in a time of grace, rules are necessary
3Interaction of the Worldview Model Components Diagram AInteraction of the Worldview Model ComponentsChrist the Creator(Colossians 1:14-16)&Individuals Under Lordship(Phil. 2:9-11)Philosophical BaseCol: 2:8EpistemologicalEthicalAxiologicalAestheticsNature of ManTrinitarian(See Chart One)It is our responsibility to follow the model of Jesus and build communities that also reflect JesusAcceptance/Rejection(I Cor. 2:14-16)&ApplicationEvolutionary Worldview BeliefsConsequences: Romans 1YEC WorldviewBeliefsDr. Steve Deckard
4Joshua 1:7Be strong and very courageous. Obey all the laws Moses gave you. Do not turn away from them, and you will be successful in everything you do.When God’s people obeyed – things went wellWhen God’s people didn’t obey His laws – things did not go well
5Building a Community of Virtue By: Kevin RyanKaren E. Bohlin
6Key Concepts/Terms Polis (Greek city) A group of people who share a vision for what constitutes a civilized lifeNot by chanceShared principles and core beliefsCommitted citizensSafe placeCompared to outside the walls
7Key Concepts/Terms School is like a polis A group of people who share a vision for what constitutes a civilized lifeNot by chanceShared principles and core beliefsCommitted citizensSafe placeCompared to outside the wallsUnfortunately, some schools are no more safe inside than outside
8Key Concepts/Terms Ethos Character Nature or disposition Shared values, common goals
9Key Quote“When a people or government fails to attend to what holds their city together, when citizens have little regard for the common good, when political leaders betray or distort the moral ideals and principles for which they supposedly stand, then as Yeats prophetically pointed out, Things fall apart, the center cannot hold…”Ryan & BohlinHistory shows us - as moral framework crumbles. This is applicable to our schools.
10Supporting a Community of Virtue Aim highCreate resonance (harmony)Meaningful service (learn to give)Student ownership (responsibility)Little things (are important)Close relationshipsCaring enough to correctIt is not everyone for themselves or whatever feels good – do it.
11Other Places Education Takes Place School busHallwaysStudy HallBathroomsCafeteriaPlayground
12Negative Ethos No shared vision Cutthroat competition Little opportunity to serveNo traditionsNo student voiceNeglect of school grounds or property
13QuestionsWhat kind of citizens would be produced in a school that values above all else:gradesa winning football teammaintaining a certain clothes brandBuilding good citizensOthers?Education that is based in a biblical worldviewAtmosphere that is tolerant and wants to provide an affordable college education to tri-state area studentsMission says a lot about values – do they apply?
14Review Schools are communities Require actions to support a community of virtueWe want to build our schools into communities of virtue
15Fill in the blank“When a people or government fails to attend to what holds their city together, when ______ have little regard for the common good, when ________ betray or distort the moral ideals and ______ for which they supposedly stand, then as Yeats prophetically pointed out, Things fall apart, the center cannot hold…”
16Questions What are the defining characteristics of a polis? What elements must be present to support a community of virtue?