In the last five years, there have been a significant amount of qualified studies on the value of Performance Character traits in the educational process. These studies continue to support the theory that these traits can be learned and are a major determinant of success and happiness in life.
In “Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification” by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman presents theoretical and empirical support for Performance Character attributes such as creativity, curiosity, love of learning, and persistence. Recent research on expert performance in the arts and sciences, sports, and games reveals that stars are made, not born. Outstanding performance is the product of years of deliberate practice and coaching—training that develops Performance Character as well as higher levels of the target skill—rather than the result of innate talent.
To evaluate a student only on academics is to miss the value of a real education. Marin Luther King Jr. said, “Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.”
Schools that foster a culture of educating and rewarding Performance Character traits see improvement in educational scores, improved discipline, understanding of diversity, and the development of skills that are fundamental to success in life.
Grit, social intelligence, and leadership are the foundations of Performance Character traits in all Athlos schools. A continued focus on such traits will increase a student’s opportunities in education and in life.
Guest post by: Kelly Shaw