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The death of honesty

In the latest issue of the Hoover Institution’s Defining Ideas, Stanford professor William Damon mourns the “death of honesty” in today’s culture–and also in today’s schools. Lamenting the change, Damon writes that “most troubling of all is that honesty is no longer a priority in many of the setting where young people are educated. The future of every society depends upon the character development of its young. It is in the early years of life—the first two decades especially—when basic virtues that shape character are acquired.”

We agree. Fortunately, there is reason to hope: as our recent report shows, many charter schools are taking character and civic education just as seriously as they do teaching math and reading.