Why We Reason

KIPP – Knowledge is Power Program – is a chain of college-preparatory charter schools. They are known for their long hours, lofty academic demands and high graduation rates. However, a recent Times article sheds light on a problem that KIPP is facing.

Almost every member of the cohort did make it through high school, and more than 80 percent of them enrolled in college. But then the mountain grew steeper, and every few weeks, it seemed, Levin (co-founded of KIPP) got word of another student who decided to drop out. According to a report that KIPP issued last spring, only 33 percent of students who graduated from a KIPP middle school 10 or more years ago have graduated from a four-year college.

The article goes on to describe that along with GPA, educators and positive psychologists such as Martin Seligman and Chris Peterson are realizing that character is an important trait…

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