Behind the Headline: Character Education Found to Fall Short in Federal Study

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Character Education Found to Fall Short in Federal Study
10/21/10 | Education Week

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The Moral Imperative
Winter 2005| Education Next

An analysis by the Institute of Education Sciences of seven schoolwide programs to promote character education finds that the programs don’t produce improvements in student behavior or academic performance. Analyst Linda McKay comments that the new report “really supports what I saw emerging in the research grants for what was effective in character education … that in order for character education to be effective, it really has to be a schoolwide process, a total school framework based on faculty, students, and parents.” In the Winter 2005 issue of Ed Next, Jim Traub wrote about Hyde schools, schools dedicated to character education “where principles that elsewhere have been applied halfheartedly have been most deeply considered and uncompromisingly followed.”

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