Portland (Ore.) Schools Incorporating 'Character' Education

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A new style of learning, championed by author Paul Tough, is being applied in Portland's public schools and in the creative writing programs offered at The Telling Room.

The Telling Room, in connection with the schools, USM's Teacher Education Department and several other education groups, will host a presentation by Tough on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at USM's Hannaford Hall.

In his book, “How Children Succeed: Grit, curiosity and the hidden power of character,” Tough argues for a new understanding of the way children learn, saying that characteristics such as perseverance – “grit” as he calls it – and curiosity should be developed alongside an understanding of mathematics and other traditional subjects.

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