Today marks the global premiere of the short film, “The Science of Character.” Filmmakers from the Moxie Institute explore the neuroscience and social science behind character development. Check it out:
We find this movie incredibly inspiring. Our teaching approach is based on the research of Carol Dweck and others that shows that character development is one of the most important things we can teach our children.
This week, for example, we’ve been cultivating environmental responsibility in our classroom.
A student recently mentioned that her father asked the family to take shorter showers because of the drought. She wanted to know more about what he meant.
So we engaged in a class discussion about all the things that we use water for. We came up with a long list - from farming to cooking, electricity, and pretty much anything that is manufactured.
“ANYTHING that is manufactured? Even jeans?” asked a student in disbelief.
“Yes, even jeans,” Carolyn (our Director of Education) replied.
The next day, teachers brought in several items, including jeans, and asked students to guess how much water was required to produce each item. Students then compared their answers with those provided in a short water documentary.
Tomorrow, students will be calculating their water footprint. We will also be studying early irrigation systems in Mesopotamia and designing our own irrigation systems to learn how water flows to our city. With this knowledge, we’ll be devising ways to save water at home and in the community.
“Taking on the perspective of others and developing core character strengths is the whole reason why we go to school. I can teach a child math or how to read at home. But we come together in a school community to learn from each other, listen to various perspectives, and inspire citizenship,” says Carolyn.
For us, #CharacterDay is everyday.