Can a measurement of values alter the way schools think about education?


What is a brain without a heart? Not as smart, recent research suggests.

No doubt this is why truly great schools consider character education on an equal par with academic rigor.

But a difficulty arises for schools like The Peck School in Morristown, NJ, whose motto states; “In life, knowledge must be guided by values.” The problem is that knowledge can more easily be measured than character skills such as ethics, resilience, and curiosity.

Like many independent schools, The Peck School is hoping to change this dichotomy by joining a consortium of nearly 100 institutions that will conduct the Mission Skills Assessment (MSA) throughout this fall semester. The assessment has been developed over a period of five years by the Independent School Data Exchange (INDEX) and Education Testing Services (ETS) to scientifically gauge each school’s success rate in promoting six character skills that are labeled “essential” for success in school and life: teamwork, creativity, ethics, resilience, curiosity, and time management.

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The Concept and Practice of Leadership

ANDREW DELINSKY, HEAD OF SCHOOL:  I am fascinated with the concept and practice of leadership and know that one of the greatest gifts and privileges I have at Peck is the opportunity to lead.

One of the greatest gifts and privileges I have at Peck is the opportunity to lead.

I don’t take the responsibility lightly, nor should I – Peck, like all schools, has a special, deep-seeded culture and history that deserves a careful stewardship into the future. It is my responsibility and charge to leave the school better than how I found it, which is what all leaders should strive to do, regardless of who or what they are leading.

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