Pennsylvania - Social-Emotional Learning or Character Development: Programs and Services (S/D)

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.

Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 1949 Act 14. Section 1502-E. Character education programs.

(a)  Authorization.— The board of school directors of a school district may establish and implement a character education program in its schools.

(b)  Curriculum contents.— The program may include and teach the following basic civil values and character traits:

  • (1) Trustworthiness, including honesty, integrity, reliability and loyalty.
  • (2) Respect, including regard for others, tolerance and courtesy.
  • (3) Responsibility, including hard work, economic self-reliance, accountability, diligence, perseverance and self-control.
  • (4) Fairness, including justice, consequences of bad behavior, principles of nondiscrimination and freedom from prejudice.
  • (5) Caring, including kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, generosity and charity.
  • (6) Citizenship, including love of country, concern for the common good, respect for authority and the law and community mindedness.

(c)  Additional elements.— The program may also include and teach the importance of a service ethic and community outreach.

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