New York Times Magazine: On Character Education

I’m a big fan of Paul Tough’s writing on education; he wrote a great book about Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone called Whatever It Takes, and I love his in-depth analyses of how students learn and what people can really do to teach them effectively. This article from the New York Times Magazine this week delves into the importance of teaching kids about values in addition to course content. If students learned how to fail gracefully, how to learn from their mistakes, how to be good citizens, might they become better students? Might they at least become better people? This calls into question exactly what it is that we endeavor to do as teachers. As Sacred Heart educators, our charge is to educate both the mind and the heart; it’s exciting to see a glimpse of how similar goals might be employed in a different school model.

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