Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
In an effort to reduce violence and promote safe learning environments at school, many schools have begun to consider moral or character education as a necessary part of the school curriculum. For example, in New York State legislation was passed in 2000 mandating that all public schools in the state have a character education program in place, as noted by Kimberly Williams in 2003. Irene McHenry wrote in 2000 that moral growth occurs when connections with other individuals are strengthened and the value of community is emphasized in ways that promote responsibility to and for others. To encourage this ...