Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
– James Baldwin
I am taking a class on “Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms” out of curiosity. I have always wondered about the cause of difference in values, traits and character strengths of individuals. What is it that makes a man or a woman more honest, optimistic, gritty, self controlled, determined or empathetic than others. And while I haven’t been able to figure that out yet, this quote in the first week of the class has made me understand why values can’t be taught by merely reciting their goods and pros to the children. “Lead by example”, “Do what you preach” and countless other such statements have a deep meaning to them. I don’t know if it will help me imbibe better values, but it surely inspires me to adopt the ones that I keep asking others to display.
Here’s to a better learning and a stronger character building!