The sources of the most painful offenses are not usually actions, but attitudes. People who offend
others unintentionally are judged with less severity than those who intend to hurt. Even in law,
the intent behind a crime is a factor in assessing the guilt of the one who stands before the judge.
This is one area that is the most difficult to change in ourselves and in our students. We ask our
students to do things all the time, and they should comply with our request. But really, it's not as
much about the compliance, but more about their attitude when they comply. Are they resentful
and angry, and is it like pulling teeth to get them to cooperate with even the smallest task?
Character is truly what a person does when no one is looking. A bully will always act when no
one is looking. They will deny their hurtful actions and blame others for their behavior. Begin
correcting the attitudes of your students; by doing so, you will prepare them for a better future.
But, more importantly, you will help them to evaluate the intent of their actions.
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