Today’s Core Knowledge blog picked up an important article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

(character education is at the root of it all).

Thank you for this return to basics and common sense.

Honesty, effort, punctuality, showing up ready to work, getting along with others, putting in consistent effort every day–these are what business needs from schools. As well as, these are what schools need from students–and schools need to foster the reality that these values matter most and underpin everything else.

The article points out that it is not a matter of a new curriculum or new technology. And I will add, it’s not really about new funding. In fact, it’s about the the old basics that are lacking too often.

I have argued that schools should value these core attributes–with specific grades, report cards, honors, and perhaps different diplomas–so that every member of the school community knows how key they are. At the end of the day–these are the attributes that lead to success in business and life.

About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line,, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

No Comments

Be the first to start a conversation

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *