Friday, November 11, 2011

How to teach "character"?

What is the role of character "strengths" such as persistence, self-control, resilience, optimism in academic (and life) success? can they be taught? how?
This article by Paul Tough in the New York Times gives a good overview of evidence and educator's experiences on this topic, right at the core of what education means.

"[...] the students who persisted in college were not necessarily the ones who had excelled academically at KIPP; they were the ones with exceptional character strengths, like optimism and persistence and social intelligence. They were the ones who were able to recover from a bad grade and resolve to do better next time; to bounce back from a fight with their parents; to resist the urge to go out to the movies and stay home and study instead; to persuade professors to give them extra help after class. "

You can also listen to an American RadioWorks podcast about this topic here.

As a grad student, I am sure you know very well what they are talking about. does creativity enters the picture?

1 comment:

  1. The bigger the failures I've come through the bigger challenges I can face. Awesome article.