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What is EAFK?


EarlyAct FirstKnight® (or EAFK) is a proprietary program of The Knights of The Guild. Sponsored by Rotary Clubs, EAFK motivates and teaches elementary and middle school children to become civil, service-oriented people during their most formative years.

Why is character education important today?


Experts agree (Gibbon, 1776; Black, 1995; Bonta, 2005.) that the survival of any culture depends upon the ethical strength and moral courage of its people. Just as these historians attribute the fall of ancient Rome to moral decline, any society can be destroyed from the inside if the character values of its citizenry are compromised. Once part of a traditional family upbringing, studies show that healthy values are being taught less today than ever before (Damon, 2005; Elliott, 2004; Greenwalt, 1996; Wakefield, 1997; Burke et al, 2001). Basic concepts like respect, personal responsibility, honesty, compassion, fairness, tolerance, and service to others are becoming increasingly unfamiliar to young people. To arrest this decline, the instruction of character values must be integrated into daily mainstream public education and treated as important as reading, writing, math, or science. So urgent is this need, that 36 states have enacted bipartisan legislation that either mandates or strongly encourages character education in their public school curriculum. Seven additional states are on record for supporting character education in their public schools, but have not yet created legislation.

Why is EAFK considered to be the best character education resource available?


We believe character education is serious business, where substance is far more important than symbolism. While there is clearly broad support for early childhood character education among many adults, teaching character effectively to a media-dominated generation is difficult. The United States, for example, has been experiencing a steady moral decline for over 50 years, wherein traditional values are dismissed as obsolete. Character education, therefore, must be frequent, strongly reinforced, and made relevant, fascinating, and rewarding to children in order to work. EAFK creatively accomplishes this through its unique method of making the subject material an exciting, pervasive experience rather than a mere course of study. EAFK is themed around history’s champions of chivalry; role models of various eras and cultures who lived by personal codes of high ethical standards and performed extraordinary deeds of service to humanity. We combine proprietary elements, such as year-round campus visits by historic heroes in full period regalia; live-action performances on campus; student mentorship by local community leaders; regularly updated digital curriculum with a vast selection of teacher-friendly lesson plans to choose from; spectacular school-wide student reward events; parent education; faculty training; outstanding client support; and, up to 100% financial sponsorship that takes character education to an entirely new level with excellent results.


Bibliography


Gibbon, Edward (1776). The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.


Black, Jim Nelson (1995). When Nations Die.


Bonta, Steve (2005). The New American.


Damon, William. (2005). Good, bad or none of the above? The time-honored, unavoidable mandate to teach character. Education Next, 5(2), 20-27.


Elliott, Daniel C. (2004) Moral values for public education. use literature for children and adolescents. The Social Studies, 93(3), 113-117


Greenwalt, Charles E., II. Character Education in America. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 398327).


Wakefield, Dara. (1997). Who’s teaching schools about character education instruction? (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 429068