Comments for: Portland schools install innovative character education models in advance of top author’s visit

Posted Oct. 30, 2012, at 4:04 p.m.

PORTLAND | A new style of learning, championed by author Paul Tough, is being applied in Portland’s public schools and in the creative writing programs offered at The Telling Room. The Telling Room, in connection with the schools, University of Southern Maine’s Teacher Education Department and several other education …

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  • Why don’t we just give the children to the school system directly from the womb.  That way they could mold children into perfect little beings full of character and grit and honest to a fault.  Oh yeah, that’s stuff kids are supposed to get from their famlies.

    Glad as hell I have no more children in public school/

  • Rocky4

     Social engineering to the nth degree.
    I wonder, does it make you smarter if you look like
    you haven’t washed & combed your hair for a week?
    Modern academia is a wonderful thing.

  • Anonymous

    This used be our friend…the moralist…Bill Bennett’s bailiwick…building character….Guess the mirror in his house was broken..

  • Anonymous

    The teachers I’ve taught with over the years just wanted to teach school…….But NO… They are dancing as fast as they can preparing their lessons, wiping noses, mediating student conflicts, coping with the nonsense in the Leave No Child Behind Act, attending endless committee meetings, watching the kids on the playground, paying for supplies out of their own pockets, grading papers, motivating, encouraging, and educating other people’s kids. Let’s support them in that effort,

  • Anonymous

    If wishing only made it so…. Tough’s research has no bearing on any school program. Grit may indeed be an important attribute in a person’s success. However, there isn’t even the slightest evidence that grit can be taught.

    It is false to say Tough “found that when character traits are developed both at home and in the classroom, students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds tend to succeed better than if these traits were not cultivated at all.” Because there is also no evidence that character traits are developed either at home or in the classroom.

    Same thing goes for Pierce’s claim that “his approach … is something that can be taught and cultivated.” Completely unsubstantiated.

    There is however a conclusive study that which proves that no school character education program does anything at all except waste time and money.

    October 2010, a federal study, the largest and most thorough ever conducted, found that school-wide Character Education programs produce exactly ZERO improvements in student behavior or academic performance.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_education

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