Schools increase focus on character education

Support for including character education in schools appears to be gaining momentum, according to some supporters -- a trend that many believe could help improve student achievement. "If kids come to schools where they feel valued, safe, and feel teachers have their best interests at heart, ... they commit themselves," Marvin Berkowitz, a professor of character education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said. "They work harder, there are fewer distractions, and kids are more motivated. Of course they learn more."

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