Research supports our approach. Paul Tough’s recent book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character is attracting a lot of notice for its scientific look at why some children are able to rise above the challenges that derail many of their peers. According to Trough, character development makes a huge difference in how children’s brains develop, and scientists are now able to trace a direct route from those early negative experiences to later problems in school, health, and behavior. By combining STEM and literacy with character education, we help children succeed through integration of positive expectations with intellectual development.
In addition, Marrow et al, reported gains in science as well as reading when children's literature and literacy instruction are used in the science program (The Effect of a Literature-Based Program Integrated Into Literacy and Science Instruction With Children From Diverse Backgrounds, Reading Research Quarterly, Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 54–76, January/February/March 1997).
The “push” for improved STEM education is gaining increasing attention, although most of the effort appears to be within the high school and middle school levels --- with less emphasis and innovation within the elementary school level --- and the need for character development, particularly with young children is always present.
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