Earlier this year, I attended the Paul Tough conversation at SF Friends School with Ms. Simpson, Ms. Munda, Ms. DeMartini, and Ms. Shawe. Since then, the character traits Mr. Tough talked about–including grit, determination, and perseverance–seem to be everywhere. The idea that character matters–and that it should be talked about in schools–is exciting to see in the mainstream media. Character education is enshrined in the Five Goals for us in Sacred Heart schools; it’s exciting to know that more people are viewing education as something more than the accumulation of a lot of facts and knowledge.
There’s an interesting article about this trend on KQED’s MindShift blog about this encouraging trend. Check it out on their site here. And you can read the draft of the full report on the Department of Education’s Research page here. Happy reading!