Teaching Character


Character Lab Research Director, Andrew Sokatch, has a sobering yet attainable message regarding the education of today's youth. While test scores and the reading, writing, math, science behind them are important, we are not properly and wholly educating our children if we aren't also teaching character. Andrew argues character can and should be taught in schools, noting grit, persistence, self-control, courage, and humor, are all critical life skills for successful employment, marriages, and citizenship.


  • What is the evidence that Sokatch uses to support his argument that character needs to be taught?
  • How did Dominique describe his students? Why?
  • How is grit defined?
  • What is the growth mindset?