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Character-Building Beats Out Economy-Building as Goal
Americans rank "building character" above bolstering the economy when asked to name the most important long-term goals of K-12 education, according to a new poll.
A survey of 6,400 voters, conducted by the advocacy group 50CAN, found that twice as many respondents chose character-building as those who chose "a healthy economy." Respondents also ranked building character above building independence and leadership, creating a lifelong love of learning, providing equal opportunities, helping people become good citizens, and providing "self-fulfillment."
50CAN is funded by such groups as Google, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. (The Gates and Walton foundations have also provided support for news coverage in Education Week.)
Vol. 33, Issue 22, Page 4Published in Print: February 26, 2014, as Character-Building Beats Out Economy-Building as Goal