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Character Building May Be More Important Than Traditional Education For Improving Students Grades
1/4/12 by Shannon Webster
Can character-building classes actually improve test scores for kids?
The American educational system has been lagging behind the rest of the world in science and math scores for years. Several new innovations have been used to improve test scores and lifelong results of education, but many of these initiatives fail to increase student results. However, a new study from Oregon State University, examining the Positive Action program, shows that this one program is improving test scores and lifelong habits in students by adding in an emphasis on positive character traits.
Academic Achievements: Positive Action Program
Positive Action is a federally supported program that emphasizes building character as part of the curriculum. The program has received praise from the United States Department of Education for the work it has done in improving test results. Researcher Brian Flay of Oregon State University has been examining the effectiveness of the program in various locations, including in a published study that examined the Positive Action program in Chicago’s inner city school districts. Flay’s most recent study, entitled “Key to school improvement: reading, writing, arithmetic……. and character?” focused on 20 schools in Hawaii.
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