Monday, July 2, 2007

Education Week: Proof of Positive Effect Found for Only a Few Character Programs

Posted at Education Week.

After reviewing the research on 41 programs aimed at instilling character in students, the U.S. Department of Education gave “positive” ratings to just two of them and rated seven more as “potentially positive.”

All the others were rated “mixed,” had “no discernible effects,” or “potentially negative effects.”

The report is available at What Works Clearinghouse.

When it comes to developing character, no one has more influence, and no one is more responsible than the parents. Character is something that is taught from a textbook, it is something that is modeled after a good example.

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