In American culture, men are trained not to reveal their emotions because it is a way of being vulnerable. Many male students can lose points on this assignment because they don’t write enough. If length is an issue, pull back and consider the larger societal issues or an academic issue. For instance, if in a physical therapy class you learn how to treat patients with disabilities and then spend the day in a wheelchair and have to reflect on it, you could speculate what it would be like to be there all the time—in other words, give compassion toward others instead of worrying about writing about yourself. You could also reflect on the difference between your readings for the class and the experience you had—whether the readings need to be modified.
Character Education is a national movement creating schools that foster ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through an emphasis on universal values that we all share. It is the intentional, proactive effort by schools, districts, and states to instill in their students important core, ethical values such as respect for self and others, responsibility, integrity, and self-discipline. It provides long-term solutions that address moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern about our society and the safety of our schools. Character education may address such critical issues as student absenteeism, discipline problems, drug abuse, gang violence, teen pregnancy, and poor academic performance. Parents are the primary moral educators of their children. An effective character education program in the schools supports the home by encouraging positive character development. At its best, character education integrates positive values into every aspect of the school day.
Let’s start with a couple classic, science-fiction, cinematic examples. Reflections can shapeshift into antagonistic characters or the reverse. Francis in the sci-fi classic Logan’s Run becomes the antagonist. Meanwhile, Darth Vader starts the original Star Wars trilogy as an antagonist and shapeshifts into a reflection character of Luke’s potential fate in Return of the Jedi . In the end, Luke proves to be this most legendary baddie’s inspiration for conversion, mentoring the former jedi back into a good guy. So reflections can start off or end up being good or evil (aligned on either side of the premise the writer is trying to prove, for or against the protagonist).