I recently read an article on New York Times Magazine. This was about 2 educators, Dominic Randolph and David Levin who are trying to put the conception of character into action in their schools. They discuss whether the character is directly related to the students’ success or not. They even discuss how to provide lessons in character to his students, who were almost all black or Latino and from low-income families. They made a research to see if it is correlated in KIPP schools in New York City. After watching the progress of those KIPP alumni, they saw that the students who persisted in college were not necessarily the ones who had excelled academically at KIPP. They were the one who had extremely strong characters and moral values. They would have matured personality and intelligence. By this, these two educators agree on that there must be another factor in what makes children succeed. On the other hand, Angela Duckworth, an assistant professor at Penn, took place in this team and created a test to measure character traits: such as grit, self- control, IQ, etc. then they asked students to rate themselves based on 12 questions. At the end of the process it indicated that the grit ratings are related to GPA scores of the students not the college-board scores. After working with Levin and Randolph during almost two years to turn the list of seven strengths that identified by them into a two-page evaluation; students, parents and teachers were asked to complete the questionnaire.
These were some steps that allowed them to confirm if they could put the conception of character into their schools. However, it is quite effective and helpful for understanding and creating a modern school environment.