One of the key tenets of the Character Formation Project is that character formation must take place in a context greater than the individual. In the Character Formation Project: Civic Context, the larger context is rooted in the human freedoms which preserve life and liberty for all. The Civic Context materials use the human freedoms listed in the Declaration of Independence as the greater context.
New Summit Charter Academy plans to use The Character Formation Project – Civic Context Core Knowledge Version, from the Open Sky Foundation, for use with both the students AND the staff. The goal of this program is to develop an environment that optimizes learning by:
- Teaching character traits through the stories of great men and women of history
- Tied to the Core Knowledge scope and sequence
- Includes a track for the staff to be studying
- Includes readings for parents and children to do together
The Character Formation Project: Civic Context is built on the belief that character formation is a deeply personal process that often involves challenge, pain and struggle. Character can be achieved not only through personal experience; it can also be achieved through engagement with powerful narratives of struggle and growth.