7 December 2018

I believe all parents want and desire their children to be people who “do the right thing.” So how do we make that happen?

The Flagship we are focusing on this quarter is Citizenship. Dalat wants our students to engage in their communities by being compassionate and ethical people. We challenge our students to live ethically by doing the following:

  • caring for God’s creation
  • using technology appropriately
  • living a balanced and self-disciplined life
  • promoting equity and social justice
  • exhibiting integrity and honesty

If you were to boil down the idea of someone living ethically, it is in the statement “do the right thing.” When we live our lives, we are put in situations on a daily basis where we can choose between “doing the right thing” or not. These are not always huge moral decisions but small little decisions like waiting for the red light or picking up the trash we dropped on the ground; somewhat inconsequential and innocuous events that we often don’t even think about.

I believe all parents want and desire their children to be people who “do the right thing.” So how do we make that happen? Well, there are steps such as talking to them about it, giving consequences for wrong behavior, etc., but the main way our children learn to become ethical people, by far, is that we as parents model it for them. The modeling of integrity and living ethically is the main factor in raising kids who do the right thing. In modeling it for them, it is not the big moral decisions that we face that our kids learn from us, because in most cases, our children will not even know about those situations. The modeling of it is in the numerous times every day we make small decisions and choices in front of them where they see us making the right decisions and doing our best to do the right thing.

When you think about it, it’s quite sobering how much responsibility we have as parents. Our children are watching us and learning from us every single day. It’s not easy, but doing the right thing rarely is.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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