Sunday, May 10, 2009

APS School Board adopts Character Counts! unanimously.


To endorse and Implement Character Counts! Program in the
Albuquerque Public Schools

Whereas, Albuquerque Public Schools reaffirms the need to join with other community groups to actively engage in the development and demonstration of ethical behavior among youth, adults, and

Whereas, the mission of Albuquerque Public Schools is to provide learners of all ages the skills and knowledge needed to become successful and productive members of a dynamic society, and

Whereas, the Albuquerque Public Schools recognizes that students in our schools are more likely now than in the past to experience family disintegration, homicide, drug use, teen age pregnancy, dishonesty, suicide, and strong messages from media and society that undermine home teaching of ethical values, and

Whereas, the Albuquerque Public Schools recognizes that no single community institution can instill ethical behavior in youth and adults if it is acting without the support of other institutions and groups, and

Whereas, the Albuquerque Public Schools recognizes the important role played by teachers and other adults in school settings in modeling good character for young people


1. That the Albuquerque Public Schools endorses the Aspen Declaration on Character Education (link) as well as the Character Counts! Program as ways to develop character based on six core ethical values; trustworthiness, respect, responsibility , fairness, caring and citizenship;

2. That the Albuquerque Public Schools will enter into community-wide discussions with other institutions and groups to reach agreements about the role of each in promoting ethical behavior among young people, and adults in various aspects of life;

3. That the Albuquerque Public Schools is committed to creating models of ethical behavior among all adults who serve students and schools;

4. That the core curriculum should continue to give explicit attention to character development as an ongoing art of school instruction;

5. That materials, teaching methods, partnerships, and services to support school programs shall be selected, in part, for their capacity to support the development of character among your that adults;

6. That all schools examine school curriculum and practices to identify and extend opportunities for developing character, especially through the utilization of violence-prevention programs, mediation training, community service programs. fair rules which are fairy enforced, democratic practices in classrooms and organizations, and extracurricular activities which help students learn and model caring and ethical behavior.

DATED this 2nd day of March, 1994

(emphasis added)

Fifteen years later, and the leadership of the APS is no closer to implementing character education, than they were the evening they adopted this resolution.

In fact, they are further away. At least on that night, they were willing to talk about Character Counts! and its potential for addressing every single issue that affects the education of students in the APS.

Today there is not a single member of the leadership of the
APS with the character and the courage, to talk publicly,
about character and courage.

1 comment:

Ian Rollo said...

That is something truly facinating, but also disturbing. Action should absolutely be taken. That meaning that we all should appear to get a response. Well Everyone who can anyway