What makes a person a good person? This question has puzzled philosophers since the earliest ages of mankind and continues to produce debate today. But there are certain virtues we commonly agree upon today and we also agree that teaching these virtues to our children is a good and desirable thing.
Churches and family units have traditionally been the centers where these traits have been explained and imparted to children. But more and more society has looked to schools to aid in this process.
One well liked program to help kids become “good” members of our society is found in the Character Counts program, which is now being used in many schools and school districts across the country. Character Counts defines good character as possessing six characteristics or “pillars of character”. These are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. All good characteristics, and a set of values I think just about everyone will agree are good for the individual and good for society.
Many schools like to use some kind of school assembly to kick off the year and get kids started on a Character Counts path from the very start of the year. This way, teachers have a reference point to refer back to when making assertions about character issues throughout the year.
Mobile Ed has a great and time tested program that fits this bill perfectly. Inspector Iwannano is a 45 minute long elementary school assembly designed specifically to characterize and promote the “six pillars of character” in a fast paced and fun filled school show format. This school assembly program has been seen in thousands of schools and has never failed to deliver a strong character counts message to kids across the nation.
This year we have three performers carrying this great elementary school show and they are in three different parts of the country. School years start at different times depending upon the state in question. Here in the Midwest, schools in Indiana and Kentucky and parts of southern Illinois start in August so we have two tours starting in this part of the country during August. One of those tours then travels out to the East Coast for September, while the other moves into Ohio and Michigan at that time. Meantime, Barry Cutler now offers this great elementary school show in California so we can kick off the year for West Coast schools whenever they are ready!
If you are a teacher, principal or school PTA or PTO officer and you are looking for ideas for school assemblies to start your year, Inspector Iwannano is the one you want!
Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of science, history, writing, astronomy, natural science, mathematics, character issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN