How to create an ethical education

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How to create an ethical education

When I think about what it means to create an ethical education for children, I always start with the adults and not the children. Children need to see us do the right thing. As parents and as educators. They need to see us give the right change back to a teller in a market or a store that gives us too much money. They need to see that we obey the parking signs and that we practice doing the right thing every day. And that doesn't mean you have to be goody-two-shoes, but it does mean that your children see you trying to obey the right things in society, and give them models of when you're conflicted. Talk through those times when you cut somebody off in traffic to try and get into that parking space before them. And that it's not a good excuse that you're running late because when children see you do the right thing, they're inspired to do the right thing themselves. Children learn from watching us all the time. And they see the things we want them to see. And they see the things we don't want them to see too. So we need to be more conscious as adults in their lives of doing the right thing. And then taking the time to talk about why we did it. And when we make mistakes and have done the wrong thing, we have to admit those too, because human frailty is something that children need to understand at a very early age. It cuts down on temper tantrums too.

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Reveta Bowers

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Now starting her forty-second year, Reveta Bowers is the Head of School at The Center for Early Education, an urban pre-school through 6th grade Los Angeles independent school with 538 students. Devoted to children and education, Ms. Bowers served and has served on a number of boards. She is currently on Board of Overseers of the UCLA Healthcare System, on the founding board of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the board of the FEDCO Charitable Foundation. She just completed serving as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the California Community Foundation. A past president and former secretary of The Educational Records Bureau Board, Reveta Bowers was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College for ten years. She served as an outside director on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company for ten years and is a former member of the Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood and Windward School boards. Reveta was on the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education board, and the boards of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. She served as a trustee and treasurer of the NAIS Board, and as past president of the California Association of Independent Schools. For the past thirteen years she has also been on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads where she serves as the Lead Faculty member. One of her proudest career moments was receiving the NAIS Diversity Leadership Award in 2009. She has had a long and rewarding career in independent schools and finds her work with organizations supporting education, students, parents, community and Board work to be continually inspiring.

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