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Should We Teach "Character" In Schools?

I have about fifteen questions from readers lined-up for future posts but, for today, I'd like to ask:

Should we teach "character" in our schools? If so, what does it look like? If not, why not?

This is similar to a question posed by a reader last year on Social Emotional Learning (see Response: Several Ways To Apply Social-Emotional Learning Strategies In The Classroom)and, in many ways, the answers will be a "Part Two" to that post.

I have some special guests lined-up to respond to the question, and I also hope that readers will contribute your ideas. Please share your thoughts in the comments, or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me.

Instead of being a "question-of-the-week," however, this one is more like a "question-for-two-weeks." I'm taking next week off from this blog to get a head-start on preparing future posts -- not to mention getting ready for our school year. It begins the day after Labor Day, and that's also when I'll publish the first response to this question.

Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of seven published by published by Jossey-Bass.

You can send questions to me at lferlazzo@epe.org.When you send in your question, let me know if I can use your real name if it's selected or if you'd prefer remaining anonymous and have a pseudonym in mind.

You can also contact me on Twitter at @Larryferlazzo.

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