Skip to main content Skip to search
The Future of Character Education and Social-Emotional Learning: "The Need for Whole School and Community-Linked Approaches"
Journal of Character Education
Short Title: Journal of Character Education
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2014/01/01/
Pages: 37 - 42
Sources ID: 90031
Notes: Accession Number: EJ1149277; Acquisition Information: IAP - Information Age Publishing, Inc. P.O. Box 79049, Charlotte, NC 28271-7047. Tel: 704-752-9125; Fax: 704-752-9113; e-mail:; Web site:; Language: English; Reference Count: 16; Journal Code: APR2018; Level of Availability: Not available from ERIC; Publication Type: Academic Journal; Publication Type: Report; Entry Date: 2017
Visibility: Public (group default)
Abstract: (Show)
In an era of change, preparing our youth for an uncertain future is akin to building the airplane while it is in flight. Since we do not have the luxury of putting development on hold until we figure out the destination and the kind of plane we need to get there, we must fly anyway. This article employs an airplane analogy to illustrate the fact that whatever part we would like to assign to school-based character education--pilot, navigator, wings, flaps, seating, material that makes up the fuselage--it is clear that character education is not the plane. It is part of the plane, and it can only function in the context of the rest of that plane. So, the larger question, within which the fate of school-based character education is contained, is: what can and should schools be doing to make positive contributions toward the future direction of our youth and society?