Middle Ages May Hold Key to Teaching Kids Character

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Duncanville ISD elementary first N Texas school to pilot Early Act First Knight character program

In an age when bullying has become of increasing concern around the country, Duncanville ISD continues to teach its students character and competence, from the time they start school until the time they finish. Seven years ago we polled community members, asking what traits in addition to academics they believed our students should have upon graduation. From their responses, which constantly mentioned the word character, Duncanville ISD created its “Vision of a Learner” and has been working to achieve it ever since. Last year, we launched a district-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program that teaches acceptable behavior around the school and in classrooms, rewarding students for good behavior to decrease the occurrence of negative behavior. This year, Duncanville ISD is going one step further by partnering with the Duncanville Rotary Club to pilot the Early Act First Knight(EAFK) program at Central Elementary.

Early Act First Knight is a character education program for students in grades K-8. It was created by The Knights of the Guild, a nonprofit educational organization that creates and provides educators with live-action character education programs and curriculum for young people.  The Knights of the Guild are working with Rotary Club districts and clubs, who seek to bring programs to local participating schools. The program teaches knightly virtues and Rotarian values such as tolerance, responsibility, confidence, perseverance, discipline, respect, honesty, compassion, friendliness, and service. While it’s offered nationwide, Duncanville ISD’s Central Elementary is the first to pilot EAFK in the North Texas area. The program will begin with a school-wide celebration on Thursday, September 22 at 2:00 pm. Students, staff, and guests will be treated to a real-life Tournament of Champions, complete with armored knights, costumed warhorses, musical soundtracks, and audience participation. Parents and all North Texas residents are invited to attend this introduction of Central’s EAFK program. Knights will also explain each character virtue and its importance, and the school will have a chance to meet its Rotary sponsors.