Importance of Good Character in School
by Ron Kurtus (revised 24 May 2012)
Great people are usually judged by their character. Make sure that your character is great. Having good character means that you have such admirable traits as honesty, responsibility and courage.
It is beneficial for you to have good character. Being honorable and honest in the work you do and in your relations with others are essential in your life. Having an honorable character also provides you with personal benefits and can enhance your grades.
Questions you may have include:
- What does having character mean?
- What are the benefits to a student?
- How does a student show character?
This lesson will answer those questions.
What character is
"Character" is sort of a catch-all word that describes your characteristic traits. If someone says you have character, it usually means that you are honorable and honest, have integrity, are courageous, and are reliable and responsible.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are students who lie, cheat, or steal. They may also be lazy, unreliable or inconsiderate of others. Some are cowards.
Quite a character
The phrase "He (or she) is quite a character" usually refers to an extreme or unique personality. You can be considered quite a character if you dress and act in your own unique manner that is different than almost everyone else. You can be quite a character but still have good character by being honest, reliable and determined.
Good character important
It is obvious that honesty and integrity are important. The same is true for reliability and other forms of character, such as being courageous or brave. You should be ethical and conscientious in your work. This is especially important when working on a team.
Having an honorable character is a natural progression from being healthy, skilled, excellent and valuable in school.
Being a student of good character is important in your relationship with your teachers and other students, as well as your own self-worth.
If you are known as an honest and honorable student, as well as a person who is reliable and responsible, you will be respected by those with whom you deal. Fellow students, teachers and your parents will trust you, know they can depend on you, and want you involved in their activities.
People don't like to deal with someone who lies, steals or is lazy. Even your best friend can be turned off by such behavior.
Esteem and virtues
Another important factor is that the honorable student has a greater self-esteem. You feel good about yourself. Finally, there is the religious aspect of having the virtues of honesty, morality and ethics.
You should take care of yourself to insure that you have good character. Your actions determine what people think of you and establish your reputation. They also determine how others will respond to what you do and say.
The way to have good character is to always make sure that you are honest, honorable and forthright. Make sure there is no implication of dishonesty in any form.
You should also seek to be considerate of others and conscientious in your work. This doesn't mean that you need to be perfect, but it does mean that you are trying to be someone of high character.
Finally, being courageous enough to take a stand to help those in need or trying something new builds character.
You need to be honest and reliable. You need to be responsible and courageous. Your reputation affects how people deal with you. Having good character results in respect from others and greater self-esteem. Having character requires a constant effort.
Always do the right thing
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