Earlier this year NBC’s Andrea Mitchell led a panel of education experts in a discussion that focused on one simple question: can character be taught?
In an effort to keep the United States competitive with other countries, school curriculums have stressed the importance of math and reading as key components to a student’s success. However, rigid mandates implemented at the federal, state, and even local levels have created an imbalance in education at the expense of the arts, athletics, and other so-called “non-cognitive” programs. Along with these failures, students are also missing out on valuable lessons in other areas, such as character.
NPR affilate WUWM in Milwaukee discussed the impact of character education in a segment with Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Tough was in Milwaukee last month at the Marquette University School of Law to discuss scientific arguments for education reform that would include teaching character lessons in the classroom.
At #4 in our countdown of the Top 10 of 2012, watch “NBC News Education Nation: Can Character Be Taught?” presented by The Atlantic and The Aspen Institute.