What you are Is more important than what you say
Real integrity Is more important that what you say Stays in place Whether the test is Adversity Or Prosperity
It is better… Is more important that what you say To deserve Honors And not have them Than to have them And Not deserve them
Stand up for what is right Is more important that what you say Even if you are standing alone
WHAT Is more important that what you say Developing Citizens of Character for our Society/District/Campus What do “citizens of character” look like in the ADULTS & CHILDREN in your school? Talk with your table and report out to the facilitator.
WHY Is more important that what you say THE BAD NEWS!
A Cheating Culture Is more important that what you say Widespread pattern of cheating in the US Hard to document Evidence suggests Americans are cheating more and feeling less guilty Idea that “everybody does it” makes it socially acceptable Professional life has changed such that playing by the rules automatically places you below average Americans have two sets of ethical compasses 1.Compass for things like sex, family, drugs and traditional types of crime 2.A second compass for career, money, and success
What is a Cheating Culture? Is more important that what you say Breaking the rules to get ahead academically, professionally, or financially Sometimes it involves breaking or violating laws, sometimes it does not Most of it is done by people who view themselves as upstanding members of society At your table, define “cheating” and “dishonesty” (include both students and adults in your discussion). Report out to your facilitator.
Transformations Leading to More Cheating Is more important that what you say New pressures Temptation Bigger rewards for winning Trickle down corruption What “temptations” exist in your school? In your district? List specific things YOU know of that lead to adults and/or students cheating.
A Cure for Cheating Culture Is more important that what you say Recognize cheating as undermining important American Ideals “People place themselves at a disadvantage if they play by official rules rather than the real rules” – need to change this. Encourage and support community life Combat entrenched cheating Equalize rewards and punishments Teach future generations Model, Model, and more Role Modeling!
What else can YOU add from YOUR table? Discuss with your table—what else can add to the CURE for cheating????
Generations Alive Today Is more important that what you say GI Generation (Born 1901 – 1931) WWII Generation/Greatest Generation Mediating Generation (Born 1932 – 1944) Silent Generation Boomer Generation (Born 1945 – 1963) Baby Boomers Diversity Generation (Born 1964 – 1981) Gen X/Lost Generation Millennial Generation (Born 1982 – 2001) Gen Y/Internet Generation
Why Is more important that what you say The Good News
GI Generation (Born 1901-1931) Is more important that what you say Brokaw’s Greatest Generation Lived as young adults through great depression Were heroes of WWII Examples: George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bob Dole, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosa Parks
Mediating Generation (Born 1932 – 1944) Is more important that what you say Too young for WWII, very few served in Korea, mostly too old for Vietnam “Unobtrusive children of depression and war” (Strauss & Howe) Created corporate system, reinforced employee loyalty; ‘organizational man’ Viewed issues as more complex than GI generation Examples: Madeline Albright, Bill Cosby, Sofia Loren, Tony Bennett, Shirley MacLaine
Boomer Generation (Born 1945 – 1963) Is more important that what you say Perhaps most famous because of sheer numbers; changing systems as they move through life cycle First American generation raised in a culture of abundance and influenced by TV Seem intensely self-immersed; work is important for personal identity Idealistic boomers believe process and participation can solve any problem Examples: Bill & Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Tom Hanks, Rush Limbaugh, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Hamilton Jordan
Diversity Generation (Born 1964 – 1981) Is more important that what you say Came of age as society was dealing with increasing divorces, AIDS, increases in violence and child suicide Remember gas rationing, Iran hostages, urban crime Most significant message heard as they came of age was they would not do as well as their parents Get along well with GI generation but not so well with Mediating and Boomer parents Examples: Rob Lowe, Tiger Woods, Kurt Kobain, Ricki Lake, Sheryl Crow, Queen Latifah
Millennial Generation (Born 1982 – 2003) Is more important that what you say Coming of age in the Internet, economic boom and speculation, political and business scandals, sophisticated media Believed by many demographers to be most different generation; smarter, better behaved, more civic minded Beneficiaries of post-modern generational guilt Examples: Serena Williams, Prince William and Henry, LeAnn Rimes, Lindsey Lohan
Things We Are Seeing Is more important that what you say Astonishing decline in violent crime, homicide, abortion and pregnancy among teens Evidence of decline in drug use, smoking, drinking Key paradox: Millennials are the most team oriented and smartest generation AND take orders better than any other living generation Movement towards more altruistic disciplines Somewhat more conservative
Opportunity Is more important that what you say Millennial share tremendous potential for leadership Possible to “get arms around” social issues let loose by boomers in the 60s Will endorse or reject things and their stamp of approval will be final Coffee, tobacco, marijuana
How Is more important that what you say Tools for Teachers Character Counts Texas Teacher Code of Ethics
Character Counts! Is more important that what you say What are the six pillars of character? Talk with your table and list on chart paper – one pillar per sheet
Character Counts! Is more important that what you Give examples of how these pillars are integrated into what YOU teach (do so by grade level or content area—for example—all math teachers rotate and add Math examples for each pillar) As a group,on the chart paper DEFINE each pillar and give a classroom example of each
Texas Teacher Code of Ethics Is more important that what you say Three Standards: (SBEC revised 09-01-02) 1.Professional Ethical Conduct, Practices and Performance 2.Ethical Conduct Toward Professional Colleagues 3.Ethical Conduct Toward Students
What’s included in each of the three standards? Divide into three teams/tables Someone at your table/from your team, do a computer internet search for the SBEC Educators’ Code of Ethics and share with your group Each group then explains what is included in the standard to the whole group
Essential Tools in Developing Ethical Leaders Is more important that what you say Understanding of the student Modeling/Optimal similarity Relevant topics for discussion Emphasis on experiential and applied Character Counts Good role models in schools
WHAT CAN BE DONE NOW? Make a list and share out. Identify those things you can make a commitment to do regularly. What can I do? What can students do?
Peter Drucker “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
“There is a deep strain in the American psyche that the end justifies the means.” David Callahan
Boeing Co. Slogan: “Between right and wrong is a troublesome gray area”
“Integrity is taking only ONE cookie when no one would know if you took TWO” Dennis the Menace
“In public, as in private life, I am persuaded that HONESTY will forever be found to be the best policy” George Washington
People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, But people will never forget How you made them feel. Maya Angelou