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Character Education, Why It Is Needed

We live in a society where crime and violence are slowly becoming common, daily occurrences. Teens and young adults are involved as much as adults and sometimes more so in these vices. One of the methods that society uses to control these incidences is incarceration, hence our prison systems are bursting with inmates convicted of varied charges which all stem from inappropriate social behaviors.

Inmates Will Develop Self-Control, Responsible Behavior, Social Skills and Positive Character Traits

Most inmates, at some point in their lives, did not receive proper training in discerning right from wrong. They did not receive sufficient guidance to develop responsible behavior and moral competency. This leads to character flaws. The situation changes very little when convicts are incarcerated. Violence is common in prison because the same individuals who were not taught proper social behavior are the ones who end up in prison without any intervention to change their lives.

The Peaceful Character Education Foundation (PCEF) recognizes that the way to stop, as well as prevent crime and violence, is to educate people in moral values, respect, how to live peaceably with others, how to develop a right, moral character and hence display responsible behavior.

The PSCEP has developed a character education program that is changing the hearts and minds of young and old from tendencies toward crime and violence to that of peaceful living, responsible behavior and overall positive social interactions. The Peaceful Solution Character Education Program (PSCEP) promotes five basic principles of positive character development.

Ownership: everything belongs to someone and should be recognized as such.

Respect: to show care and concern for others and their belongings.

Asking: in order to maintain peaceful relationships, one should ask permission before touching or taking something that belongs to someone else.

Self-Control: to stop, think about the current situation, examine the options, then proceed with the right choice that will benefit all involved.

Do Not Steal: bears on all the above mentioned principles that taking other's belongings without permission is stealing and forms the root of most crime, violence and war.

The PSCEP is guaranteed to make a positive difference in prison systems. Testimonials reveal that people who had disruptive, abusive, violent lives have successfully changed their characters to become peaceful, productive and socially stable.

The PSCEP is a perfect guide to responsible behavior. It will help the inmate to develop self-control, morally, responsible behavior and social skills through teaching and problem solving scenarios. Because moral behavior is not taught in today's prisons and society, theft is often committed inadvertently. Stealing brings an imbalance to the mind of the thief. This imbalance usually leads to acts of violence and many other crimes, including assaults and murders. The PSCEP will teach the students how to conduct themselves with one another. They will learn why it is important to guard the rights and property of others. They will learn why stealing is wrong. The moral values taught in the PSCEP will stop stealing, hatred and acts of violence, but only when they are diligently taught without variation.

The PSCEP begins by introducing basic moral values in simple easy-to-follow lessons. Each lesson builds on the previous one and reinforces the main concepts taught. With each successive lesson, the building blocks of character are laid. Teaching appropriate responses to different situations allows inmates to become more aware of opportunities where they can apply this behavior in their interactions. With time they will begin to exhibit moral excellence in their characters, which will greatly reduce prison violence.

Inmates who have learned and practiced new behavioral skills see great improvement in their characters. These changes contribute to a more harmonious and peaceful prison environment. The inmates participating in this program tend to resolve conflicts without violence and have a strong sense of inner peace. They also learn to better cope with their confinement and learn new ways of dealing with problems as they arise. Generally speaking, they are better prepared to be released into the community, to become productive members of society. The PSCEP will reduce recidivism by teaching inmates to never commit crimes and acts of violence again. This program is an effective alternative to incarceration and is also a viable post-release program. The Peaceful Solution Character Education Program is a perfect guide for human behavior.

Together we can make a difference

"Self-Control is the foundation of moral behavior. When you practice self-control you stop and carefully consider whether your thoughts and feelings will lead to actions that are morally correct and in your best interest"

PSCEP, Unit Three-Self-Control