Character Education in the News

CHARACTER COUNTS! was recently featured in SEEN magazine’s Fall 2012 issue. SEEN, which stands for the Southeast Education Network, is dedicated to addressing the important issues that face educators that live and work in the southeastern United States. The article, “Character Education and Bullying – Is Character More Important Than Ever?” (written by CC! editors Steve Nish and David Gawkowski), […]

Does Texting Hurt Kids’ Grammar?

Just about everyone who texts tends to at least occasionally use shorthand and a variety of abbreviations for words. But, does this shortened language of “text-speak” have a negative effect on students’ grammar skills? According to a recent study, it sure does, reports Education Week. Researchers at Penn St. University surveyed 228 6th, 7th and […]

For both rich kids and poor kids: “What if the secret to success is failure?”

Dominic Randolph heads an elite private school that serves privileged children of high-achieving parents, while David Levin is superintendent of New York’s KIPP charter schools, where the students are poor and parents generally have little education. But both principals believe that character is essential to their pupils’ future success, and have collaborated to implement comprehensive character education programs.

Have manners, save lives

Yet more proof that what we say and how we say it can have a ripple effect in the world: In the July issue of Archives of Surgery, Drs. Andrew S. Klien (MD) and Pier S. Forni (PhD) write that rude surgeons increase healthcare costs and decrease patient and co-worker well-being.

Who are the bullies?

There are many myths about bullies. For one, they don’t appear spontaneously. Individual, family, and school factors all combine to produce them. Another myth is that they are loners. In fact, most bullies are not socially isolated and report having an easier time making friends than non-bullies. Their social network is often their key source […]