So-called "character attributes" may well be involved with success.
HOWEVER, there is not one shred of evidence that character education programs
can either imbue or improve these attributes in students - even if they could be
measured, which no one has offered even a theoretical way to do.But
who could be against anything as grand sounding as character education, you say?
Well, unless there was a conclusive study about it which proves that it does
absolutely nothing 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.It is damning that CE
programs can't agree on what these attributes are, but they do agree as to
what is NOT included on their lists of core values. Not found, even though they
are fundamental to the history and success of our nation are such noted values
as independence, calculated risk, ingenuity, curiosity, critical thinking,
skepticism, and even moderation. "Take chances, make mistakes, get
messy!" the famous slogan from the The Magic School Bus, would find no place
in today's character education.