By Carolee J. Adams
"Many school administrators are realizing character education, once thought of as an intrusion on the school day, can actually help students perform better.
"A growing body of research supports its effectiveness, and educators say they've seen a difference in students when positive value lessons become part of the school's culture.
“Good character education is good education,” said Marvin Berkowitz, a professor of character education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
"If kids come to schools where they feel valued, safe, and feel teachers have their best interests at heart, … they commit themselves," said Marvin Berkowitz, a professor of character education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. "They work harder, there are fewer distractions, and kids are more motivated. Of course they learn more."