A person's morals determine ones thoughts, ones reasoning and ones achievements. Lucton's education aims to help students to become qualified citizens of the world. Students must first have correct values prior to becoming helpful to the society. Thus, I hope that our students will grow up first – be a responsible person – before achieving academically.
Lucton practises holistic education and always takes education as the foundation and moral education as the priority. Our school does not only focus on the current growth of students, but also considers their long-term development. More importantly, Lucton cultivates students' overall development. The basis of all these is character development.
The Head of Character Development, Ms Daisy Zhang believes that character is the internal motivator that will help students to make the right actions and choices, and thus determines their future path.
To better implement character education, Lucton has offered a character development course for all students on a weekly basis at the beginning of this term. The course starts with the school culture and core values, centring on the nine virtues of Lucton: responsibility, respect, compassion, harmony, integrity, courage, modesty, excellence, and initiative. Along with supplements from common phenomena and social cases in daily lives, Lucton’s character development course guides students to better understand and think about character.
In character development course, students go through a process of understanding, reflecting and applying. The definition of character is simple, but it is not easily achieved. Ms Zhang noted that students often forget the assigned tasks after class. From this, it is easily shown that students’ initiatives are not strong enough. Ms Zhang has often reminded students to write down immediately when teachers assign tasks, instead of recalling the tasks afterwards. Character tends to permeate the little things of life like this. In character development course, students will reflect on whether they have possess these qualities, and if not, how to adjust and cultivate them.
At the same time, Ms Zhang has also extended the programme to another concept: the impact of character on the environment. Character does not only affects individuals, but the entire group, and even the entire society. The famous psychological theory, Broken Windows Theory, takes a building with few broken windows as an example. If those windows are not repaired in time, there may be vandals destroying more windows soon. The theory pointed out that if bad phenomena in the environment are allowed to exist, people will be tempted to imitate, or even intensify. Lucton intends to convey to students through character development course that they shall not be the ones who continue to destroy windows, but be the first ones to repair the windows. When the windows are restored and intact, people will subconsciously protect them.
Lucton's character development programme is not just about letting students know but to encourage them to do so. In class, Ms Zhang gives an example of a social phenomenon when she explains to students about compassion, one of the nine qualities Lucton focuses on. “What should we do when we encounter people who fall down or are injured on the road? Compassion is not just an emotion. It is the ability to empathize with others: to put ourselves in their shoes. If we were lying on the ground injured instead, we would want someone to help us.” Character affects people's behaviours. Behaviours form habits. Habits shape character. Character determines life.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Character is higher than intellect... A greater soul will be strong to live, as well as stong to think.
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Lucton hopes students have outstanding ability to face all future challenges. The School believes character is a person's greatest aptitude. A person with excellent abilities does not necessarily mean to have good qualities, but a person with noble character can definitely cultivate one's own exceptional ability. The implementation of Lucton's character development programme is a new form of education. Through various forms of education and practice, Lucton aims to cultivate students in many different aspects in order to guide them to achieving personal, social and global well-being.