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The great character debate: Does character education belong in our schools?

from NYSSCA

The National Liberty Museum conducted a study that promotes character education in schools. In response to the ongoing discussion around the importance of fostering "grit," a strong presence of resilience among students, the NLM argues that a wide range of character traits should be taught, as well as developed in the school buildings.

A small scale study undertaken by a Boston University professor explored which character strengths educators should focus on and how to go about doing so. The strengths or traits are broken down under three broader categories of character: moral, civic, and performance. A key takeaway from the study was that perseverance and school-connectedness were among the most powerful indicators of a student's grade point average. more


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