The students at High Tech High seem to be flourishing, growing, leading, ready for the challenges of an innovation economy. But some parents and educators share the concern that students are not getting the academic rigor they will need for college. With college admissions offices looking at the number of AP courses and scores on the SAT, where does PBL fit in? The debate is far from over. But what can we do to invoke the discussion in our community? Is there a place for teaching students about character and reaching their full potential in school curriculum? Does it have to be an either/or proposition?
One of MBEF’s cornerstone events, TEDxManhattanBeach, explored this topic with Andrew Sokatch of The Character Lab, at their November 2014 conference, Game Changers. “Teaching Character: The Other Half of the Picture” shares research about the positive long-term effects of teaching character in schools. Should we only celebrate students’ achievements in math, English, science and social studies, or also well developed character skills? What if you didn’t have to choose? Watch Andrew’s talk, keep this conversation going, and pass it on! We would love to hear from you… Click here to read Dr. Michael Matthews’ blog on the screening.