The Vermont Connection


Molly MacElroy


Be it inside or outside of the classroom, there is a need to provide individuals with an ethical framework by which to live. Family, community members, and teachers all play a role in educating students for character while still in the shadow of their parents. What happens when they leave home for college and enter a world of new responsibility and freedom? In the absence of those who have given students a set of values for guidance, who helps them shape their sense of self? In this article, the author will discuss character education and how student affairs professionals can help students shape their values and sense of self by challenging and supporting them as the personal values students bring to college come into conflict with the values in their new community.