Character development! Character development I say! By helping students to develop character, they will learn perseverance, responsibility, integrity and other characteristics that will help them to make proper decisions needed in being a successful student! We can no longer assume the responsibility is of the parent. As a society, we are preparing youth to take their role in this country. To be an effective teacher is to teach the whole child, academics + character = education!! I have witnessed the success! While working as a teacher, I made it a point to incorporate character development within the curriculum. Teaching a classroom of students who eventually became courteous and respectful to classmates, responsible students who completed assignments and took an interest in humankind, all while learning Algebra!! It was a humbling experience that transformed the minds of youth! Character development! Character development I say!