Is student character more important than grades?

09/5/2012 |

As a new school year begins, parents should be more concerned about developing students' character -- skills such as perseverance and self-control -- rather than their grades, author Paul Tough writes in this opinion article. Focusing on academic perfection could deter students from taking risks and experiencing adversity, he writes. Sheltering students from such experiences can negatively affect their development, Tough writes.

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